Back-To-School Donations Abound!

It’s back-to-school season, and LAYC wants to give a special thanks to the many donors who came together to support our youth as they started the school year. For the second summer in a row, our friends from the McDonald’s Hispanic Owner-Operator Association (MHOOA) and Martin Brower came together to collect back-to-school backpacks. This year,…

Photo by Felicity Thompson

DACA Youth – Lives Hanging in the Balance

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this note. Today, we learned that the Trump administration has rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Honestly, we were expecting this on day one. The cruel and disheartening news came seven months later. Today, like business leaders, elected and appointed government officials, national…

Statement Following Events in Charlottesville

Statement from the Lori Kaplan, President & CEO of LAYC Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) would like to extend its most sincere condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. Heather…

And Those Who Are on Their Way

One of LAYC’s most popular summer programs is called Roadmap to Graduation. The program, funded by the New York Life Foundation, lasts five weeks and provides academic assistance and enrichment to 50 rising 9th graders in Prince George’s county over the summer. Our youth are followed all through high school to ensure they graduate on time….

Youth Writers Team up with Shout Mouse to Tell Their Stories

LAYC’s Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC) is a group of Latinx youth dedicated to developing their leadership skills while focusing on social justice issues in our community. With support from LAYC and our partnership with ShoutMouse, the group worked this summer on their personal stories for a graphic memoir collection. Their goal is to change the the…

A Hug from Michele Obama – How Great Is That?

Shaniya Williams, LAYC’s summer intern in our Health Promotion Program, came to the LAYC through our awesome partnership with Urban Alliance. As part of her summer experience she had an amazing opportunity to meet former First Lady Michelle Obama. Not only that, Ms. Obama herself posted a picture of their meeting on her Instagram account…