Marcus Foster

January 2016 Youth Spotlight: Marcus Foster

by Marcus Foster, LAYC Participant My name is Marcus, I’m 21 years old, and I’m pursuing my post-secondary education in Information Technology. I’ve lived in the DC area my whole life. My grandfather did a lot of development in Columbia Heights, and I knew the Latin American Youth Center was big in the community. I…

We Got It at the Teen Center

We Got It at the LAYC Teen Center

By OnRaé Watkins, Teen Center Youth Developer Youth Developer, Media Instructor, and Spongebob Squarepants advocate, OnRaé Watkins has a background in music production and radio broadcast. A Maryland native and graduate of Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications, OnRaé writes about the latest news involving LAYC’s art and media programs. The Teen Center’s…

Youth Sign Peace Pledge

Lift up the Light of Peace in El Salvador

By Juan Pacheco, Cardozo High School After-school Site Supervisor In recent months, violence in El Salvador has risen to levels not seen since the twelve-year civil war that ravaged that nation and its people in the 1980s, a civil conflict that forced thousands of families to flee north, seeking safety and peace in our region….

Carlos Moreno

December 2015 Youth Spotlight: Carlos Moreno

A native of Colombia, Carlos Moreno, 22, immigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 2012. He enrolled in ESL classes at the Carlos Rosario Public Charter School, worked in restaurants, and later found a part-time job as a cashier at CVS Pharmacy. Determined to enter the IT field, Carlos found the LAYC Career Academy…

Hober, Norma, Elsi

December 2015 Staff Spotlight: Hober, Norma, and Elsi

Elsi, Norma and Hober are three critical members of the LAYC team. First and foremost, every single staff member and youth in our Columbia Heights location depends on their hard work. Because of them, even though our building is love-worn with the all of our vibrant activities, our building is always sparkling! Guests who visit…

The Great Give Back

The Great Give Back: LAYC Youth Distribute 100 Meals to the Homeless

by Robin Harris, Safe Housing Case Manager “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver,” Maya Angelou wrote these words in her essay The Sweetness of Charity. During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month in November, the youth and staff of LAYC’s Safe Housing program practiced this act…