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…

Georgetown CAMP 2015

Reflections from Summer CAMP on Georgetown University

By Luis Quiñones, LAYC Education Director A very wise woman once told me, “Education is the key to opportunity.” This woman was my mother, a teen parent that had endured the hardships of the cycle of poverty. She knew that education was the gateway to access opportunities and socio-economic upper mobility. This message was instilled in me…

Teen Health Promoters 2015

Meet our Teen Health Promoters: Future Health Professionals

We are excited to introduce our outstanding high school students from partner schools who are exploring health careers through our Teen Health Promoters (THP) program. The year-long health education and health careers exploration program will expose these youth to a variety of health topics including sexual health, healthy eating, and substance abuse prevention, as well as a…

November 2015 Staff Spotlight: Doris Romero

By Susana Martinez, Promotor Pathway Director Five years ago, when I first met Doris, I knew I was meeting a qualified, experienced youth worker ready to join the Promotor team. What I didn’t know (yet) was that I was also meeting the most passionate, dedicated, and tenacious advocate I may ever know. Within weeks of…

Footprints Are About Going Somewhere and Leaving Something Behind, Reflections from an AmeriCorps Member on the Departure of a Staff

By Ebony Rempson, AmeriCorps Member at Cardozo Education Campus Something I value most about being a part of the LAYC community is the sense of family. There is love and assurance that coordinators and staff members give to the students they serve and also tenderness that team members share with each other. Fortunately, I was…