Iron Chef...Peanut Butter

Iron Chef…Peanut Butter?

by Lily Gage, Teen Health Promoters Assistant Coordinator The smells of black beans and chicken wafted from the Teen Center kitchen. Delicious aromas spiraling from under the kitchen door are by no means unusual here at LAYC, where food seems to fuel programming almost as much as grant funding, but what was odd, last Thursday,…

LAYC Youth Testimony on the UDC DREAM Amendment Act of 2015

Statement on Behalf of the Latin American Youth Center by Miguel Castro, LAYC Youth Participant Before the Committee of the Whole of the Council of the District of Columbia Bill 21-0422, the “UDC DREAM Amendment Act of 2015” Thursday, February 18, 2016   Good afternoon, Councilmembers: My name is Miguel Castro. I am one of…

LAYC Testimony to DC OSSE Oversight Hearing, February 17, 2016

Testimony drafted by Ana Hageage, LAYC Workforce Investment Director Presented by Luis Quiñones, LAYC Education Director on February 17, 2016, at the DC OSSE Oversight Hearing Good Morning, My name is Luis Quiñones, and I am the Director of Education for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Columbia Heights. LAYC is a long-standing multi-service…

Today’s Dreamers, Tomorrow’s Leaders

Each spring, at our gala, the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) honors a community leader who has made a deep and lasting difference to the young people LAYC serves. In 2016, it’s our special pleasure to recognize Donald E. Graham. Don’s name is synonymous with The Washington Post, which he led for three decades as…

Immigration Rally

We Are Here Because You Are There

By Hunter Flores, LAYC Youth Participant The theme for an immigration rally at the White House I attended recently was “we are here, because you are there.” Initially, I hadn’t thought about going to the event; a friend had invited me. My first thoughts were, “I should go, because I should care about immigration issues.”…

Gustavo Mura

February 2016 Youth Spotlight: Gustavo Mura

By Karina Velasco and Ricardo Villalba, Adelante Program Case Managers Gustavo Mura, 20, is a resilient young immigrant living in Langley Park, Maryland who is the embodiment of what it means to be a true fighter and a go-getter. In 2012, Gustavo, then 16, escaped an abusive home environment in his native Guatemala. Gustavo fled…