Annually, at least 30% of LAYC’s full- and part-time staff are alumni of LAYC’s programs in DC and Maryland. These staff represent a spectrum of programs: AmeriCorps, River Corps, housing, Teen Center, workforce, Montgomery County Conservation Corps, and education. Staff make invaluable contributions to the youth and programs they work for and are glowing representatives of LAYC’s values and commitment to youth.

Franklin Perelta, winner of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Hispanic Heritage Month Award for 2019, is a former LAYC participant who has worked at LAYC for over 15 years, currently as a Promotor. He shares that “This work is a passion. I am committed to making sure youth reach their goals. That is what was done for me as a participant, and I will do the same for my youth.”

From caseworkers to youth developers, from IT staff to LAYC’s own President & CEO, Lupi Quinteros-Grady, alumni are giving back and paying it forward at every level of the organization! LAYC’s newly appointed President & CEO’s connection to LAYC began as a 14-year-old participant in LAYC’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Later, as a college student in her first position at LAYC, she served as program coordinator of SYEP. Lupi has since worked in the field of youth development for 19 years and has implemented a variety of programs at LAYC, such as Upward Bound, workforce programs, and AmeriCorps. Says Quinteros-Grady, “Staff who are program alumni are the heart of LAYC. They are committed to giving back and making a difference for the next generation of youth. I am so proud that they have decided to focus their careers on service to others. This is what LAYC is all about.”

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