Our Nation’s Youth Deserve Better!

Recession, sequester, shutdown, debt default on the horizon: Our nation’s youth deserve better. Some say we live in a divided nation. Yes, there are sharp differences of opinion about economics, politics, social values, and much more. But differences can be a source of strength. Take for example, the LAYC Board of Directors. There are Democrats,…

October 2013 Staff Spotlight: Abner Soto

Abner is not just the consummate professional (i.e. he meets or exceeds his classroom objectives and performs his duties at a high level of efficiency), he is universally adored by his colleagues, supervisors, and students past and present. Anyone who has worked with Abner has only gushing praise for his skills and friendly, positive demeanor….

Profile: Lori Kaplan Isn’t Slowing Down

WASHINGTON, DC, September 15, 2013 -LAYC’s fierce leader Lori Kaplan sat down with Venture Philanthropy Partners to talk LAYC’s history and the secret to our 45 years of success, and counting. An excerpt of the article is below. Please visit Venture Philanthropy Partners for the complete interview. Since taking over as LAYC executive director in 1987,…

Back to School Hopes and Realities: A Message to Youth

It’s that time again: A new school year full of hope and promise. As I walk around LAYC’s many sites, I see many of you proudly displaying new shoes and new book bags. Throughout the region, renovated schools, like Cardozo in LAYC’s anchor site neighborhood, are designed to encourage you to thrive and excel in…

Shop LAYC Art Tables: Support Art Programs

LAYC’s after-school and summer arts program at Wilson Senior High School teaches painting to students. Students conceptualize a design or theme and hand-paint repurposed furniture with non-toxic paints. 100% of proceeds from the sale of these pieces support the Wilson after-school program. To purchase a piece or set, please contact the Development Office. Purchaser is responsible…

LAYC Staff: Competence, Caring, Commitment

I often find myself telling people that LAYC’s success is due to our staff who engage and connect youth to the services, supports, and opportunities they need. It is great to have beautiful and inviting buildings, schools and anchor sites, but the real deal is the quality of our people and their competence, caring, and…