Pride at LAYC

Pride month at Latin American Youth Center began with a shared feeling of excitement. Staff and youth celebrated their own unique identities and engaged in significant conversations about creating more welcoming environments for all young people. In preparation, LAYC’s Safer Space Committee hung Pride-themed flags and streamers throughout the Kaplan Building, our site in DC….

LAYC/MMYC Graduate with small child

Forty Maryland Youth Celebrate Earning their High School Diplomas

Forty young people in GED programs at LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers’ sites crossed the stage last month to receive their high school diplomas. Family members, LAYC/MMYC staff, and guest speakers were in attendance during the graduation ceremonies in Silver Spring and Riverdale. Guest speakers reminded graduates of the work still ahead of them, and…

AmeriCorps member sitting with participant

LAYC Reads

Summer has arrived! With summer comes days at the beach, s’mores roasting over campfires, and family road trips. But summer also brings with it the risk of “summer melt,” a loss of skills and knowledge gained during the school year. Reading this summer can be a great way to combat learning loss. For adults and…

Youth Preservation Training Underway at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Four-week long preservation project will train youth in preservation trades at National Park Service sites across the Washington, DC region (Apr 29, 2019 – WASHINGTON) Beginning last week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew embarked on a preservation training at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC….

AmeriCorps Members Reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

LAYC’s AmeriCorps program provides an opportunity for young adults who are considering a career in youth development or social service to gain experience in a real-world setting and develop useful skills. In DC, LAYC AmeriCorps members serve at Powell Elementary School, Bancroft Elementary School Takoma Education Campus, and LAYC’s Teen Center. Members provide students with…

LAYC Health Promotions Team Improving Youth Sexual Health

By Noah Hughes-Dunn Young people in our nation’s capital are diagnosed with HIV at almost twice the national rate, according to data from the DC Department of Health. Of the 368 diagnoses made in 2017, 41% were youth between the ages of 13 and 24. Additionally,  city-wide rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections are skyrocketing,…