LAYC to Host DACA Clinic Saturday, June 6 In Partnership with DC Dream

Event will support initial and renewal applications with pro bono attorneys. WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2015 – The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is pleased to host a free Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) clinic to help individuals in the community complete initial or renewal applications. DACA provides deportation relief and a two-year work permit…

LAYC Announces Fundraising Partnership with Latin Recording Artist La Republika, MusicarityNation.com, and Discount Mart Stores

Campaign Kick-off Celebration to Feature Live Performance by La Republika WASHINGTON, DC, May 28, 2015 – The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is pleased to announce a fundraising partnership with MusicarityNation.com to raise funds for LAYC’s programs through the sale of the song “Sola” by bachata/pop band La Republika at Discount Mart Stores and MusicarityNation.com. The campaign will kick…

May 2015 Youth Spotlight: Anabel Perea

By Yolanda Quintanilla, Lead Promotor, Promotor Pathway When I first met Anabel, it was around Valentine’s Day and I was doodling hearts at my desk as we talked. “You are doing it wrong,” Anabel informed me. I’ve known Anabel for about three years now, and I’ll never forget the impression she made on me. She…

Thoughts on the NCLR Report, “Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words”

By Eric Macias, GED Instructor On April 30th, Representative Tony Cardenas from California hosted a report briefing on Capitol Hill where a panel of experts talked about the adversity young Latina/os face that tends to lead them towards detention centers. The briefing was mainly based on the recently released NCLR report, “Resilient Latino Youth: In…

May 2015 Staff Spotlight: Susana Castillo

by Avery Gollinge, DC Prevention Center Community Mobilizer Mary Jo Vazquez, Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager. During one staff meeting, when asked what symbolizes her, Susana Castillo quickly responded with a sunflower. This symbol perfectly embodies her—she’s full of energy and exudes a happiness that is infectious. Susana began working as a community mobilizer for the…

Immigration Reform Forum, DACA Clinic, #LAYCDreamers

by Cecilia Dos Santos, Healthy Relationships Program Coordinator, and Heryca Serna, Healthy Relationships Case Manager As Congressman Luis Gutierrez looked down at her from the stage repeating, “You will be a U.S. citizen,” Kathryn’s hopes and dreams came to the surface and a single tear rolled down her cheek. He was speaking directly to her,…