Youth Spotlight: Erika Perez

Erika Perez, a mother of two sons, is very proud of all that she learned in the Family to Family Mentoring Program at Latin American Youth Center.

A participant in Family to Family from January through May 2009, Erika feels that the program taught her a great deal about improving her relationships with her partner and children-and about her own strengths. Says Erika, “I have learned a great deal about things to teach my children and have I have overcome many of my own fears, such as speaking in front of a group. I would encourage parents to participate; this is a very important program.”

LAYC Staff Member Jorge Orozco visits White House for Father’s Day Celebration

LAYC staff member Jorge Orozco at White House Father’s Day celebration.

By Jorge Orozco

In honor of Father’s Day, on June 19, the President of the United States hosted a fatherhood meeting in the Town Hall Center of the White House. Many celebrities who are fathers were invited as well as Congress men and women and representatives of organizations that work with fathers.  

Congratulations Bard@LAYC Graduates!

Fourteen very deserving graduates received certificates on June 12 for completing the Bard@LAYC program, a college-level seminar program in the humanities offered free of charge to low-income community residents. The graduates, who ranged in age from 17-49, participated in classes from November 2008 through June 2009 and completed 110 hours of humanities class work in…

Tony Hawk, Jorge Ramos and Denis Mcdonough visit LAYC as part of White House Father’s Day Celebration

As part of the White House’s Father’s Day celebration, Emmy-award winning journalist Jorge Ramos, star professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, and Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough visited LAYC on Friday to learn about the Center’s programs and talk about fatherhood. The three men spoke to a packed community room about the priority that they place…

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton visit LAYC Youthbuild Public Charter School to make national announcement

On Thursday, June 11, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, joined by DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, came to LAYC’s YouthBuild Public Charter School to announce the awarding of YouthBuild grants nationally.  Secretary Solis announced that stimulus dollars will be used to fund additional YouthBuild sites across the country.  Dorothy Stoneman, founder of Youthbuild USA, also attended the…