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,…

LAYC Teen Health Promoters headed to The George Washington University’s DC Health and Academic Prep Program this summer!

By Andrea Thomas, M.P.H., Sexual Wellness Program Manager Andrea oversees the Teen Health Promoters (THP) program, a year-long health education and health careers exploration program. The after-school program enrolls 15 high school students each year. When I look at the Teen Health Promotors, I see the health leaders of the next generation. Bontu, a 16-year…

A Youth Developer’s Take on the Youth Violence Prevention Summit

by Nick Derda, Youth Developer, Sexual Health Nick participated as a panelist at the Youth Violence Prevention Summit, May 12, 2015, in the Strategies for Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention workshop. Nick represented LAYC’s teen pregnancy prevention program. The workshop highlighted effective strategies, models, and prevention efforts in combating various forms of violence, including domestic, dating,…

Latin American Youth Center Gala May 7

“Youth Health & Wellness”Co-chaired by Carefirst CEO Chet Burrell and Mrs. Burrell WASHINGTON, DC, May 5, 2015 – The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) will host its annual Gala on Thursday, May 7, at 6 PM, at the Washington Hilton. The theme of Gala 2015 is Youth Health & Wellness. The event will feature exciting silent and live…