Three LAYC Youth Win Capital One Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest

The Hispanic committee at Capital One Bank sponsored a Hispanic heritage celebration, which included an art exhibit by Latino artist Camilo Sanin and a youth essay contest. Capital One Hispanic committee members spoke about their support of LAYC’s work through volunteerism, grants, and their sponsorship of the essay contest. The essay contest was open to…

November 2013 Staff Spotlight: Kealy Sloan

Kealy Sloan is a superstar. Not only is she smart and has strong evaluation skills, but her constant positive attitude and energy pass on to everyone with whom she works. You would be hard pressed to find a single staff member who wouldn’t say it is a pleasure to work with her. While Kealy works…

November 2013 Youth Spotlight: Rashad Burns

Suited up, put together, self-confident, and determined, Rashad walks the halls of Roosevelt Senior High School, all the while leaving no trace of the struggles he has overcome with his extraordinary resilience to reach this high point in his life. “I had to grow up really, really fast,” he reflects, in light of the absence…

Where is the Outrage?

Another day, another headline: Fourteen-year-old student kills a beloved teacher with a box cutter. Twelve-year-old shoots a beloved teacher with his parents’ gun. Something is terribly wrong in our nation. How could a student kill a teacher in a bathroom with a box cutter, roll her out and dump her in the woods, change his…

Latin American Youth Center Reopens Its Doors for Business, With Support From Capital One

WASHINGTON, DC; October 15, 2013 — As the government shutdown enters into its third week, the Latin American Youth Center in Washington DC (LAYC) like nonprofits across the country, has been bracing for the worst. But with a new commitment of support from our long-time partner, Capital One Bank, LAYC will reopen its doors and welcome back…

October 2013 Youth Spotlight: Brian Garcia

The opportunity of a full-time job brought Brian Garcia, 20, to LAYC’s AmeriCorps education team, where we worked at Powell Elementary School as a teacher’s aide. Now in his second year as an AmeriCorps member, he aspires to become a teacher. “I met a third grader named Oscar who didn’t speak any English. At the…