Mentor Forward Hosts Pupusa Making Party

January was national mentoring month and, at LAYC/MMYC in Silver Spring, we are always excited to celebrate the growing group of deeply caring and skilled adult volunteer mentors, mentees, and families that make up our community based, one-to-one mentoring program, ‘Mentor Forward’. Mentor Forward launched in early 2019 and has since made waves providing quality…

MLK Day and Social Equity at LAYC

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (LAYC/MMYC) honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy each January through the MLK Day of Service. This year’s celebration, on January 20th, included events across…

Remembering Tyshaun

Two days before he was to celebrate Christmas with his two young daughters, Tyshaun Turner, an alumnus of Latin American Youth Center’s River Corps program, was murdered shortly after coming home from his job with New Columbia Solar. River Corps staff, graduates, and I learned about Tyshaun’s passing later that night. His death, the 163rd…

The Gift of Dignity

This holiday season, we are sharing inspiring stories of young people who have drawn upon their own resiliency and inner strength to achieve remarkable academic and personal goals. The milestones they have reached are so significant they are altering the course for the next generation of youth . With your support , LAYC youth have found belonging, dignity, and hope , all…

Syuri at food bank

Leading through Service

The wind cuts through the crisp air, as over a hundred community members are wrapped around the LAYC/Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers office in Riverdale.  Families are chatting with each other and waiting for the monthly food distribution to begin. The food bank delivery truck arrives, and volunteers spring into action unloading over 6,000 pounds of…

Judith standing inside Esra's Closet

Honoring Esra Bennathan

Judith Nowak was boarding a flight to the U.K. As she got situated in her seat, she peered over to the seat next to hers. An elegant pair of dress shoes on the feet of her seatmate caught her attention. Those shoes belonged to Esra Bennathan. The two introduced themselves and continued to chat for…