Youth Voices Spotlight: Advocacy Days

  By: Sharon Hernandez, Puentes Youth Leader Earlier during the month, on March 7-8, I along with dozens of youth from the Latin American Youth Center/Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers at Langley Park, Riverdale and Silver Spring, participated in the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Latino Advocacy Days in Washington, DC. Over 30 youth leaders…

Leaders Like Me Visit with Senator Victor Ramirez

Leaders Like Me summer program participants met with Senator Victor Ramirez during a visit to the State House in Annapolis, Maryland, July 13.  Like many of the participants, he was born in El Salvador, grew up in Prince George’s County, and attended Northwestern High School. During the visit, Leaders Like Me participants heard about the…

Participant Testifies in Support of LAYC’s Montgomery County Programs

Anthony Young (pictured right) testified April 7, 2011, at the Montgomery County FY12 Operating Budget Hearing on behalf of LAYC’s Montgomery County programs.  Anthony, who is studying for his GED at our Montgomery County site, was accompanied by two other GED students, Jorge Villalobos (left) and Andrea Flipe (middle).   Here is Anthony’s complete testimony:…

MMYC Participant Testifies on Behalf of Youth Programs

When someone testifies, it is rare that the audience claps in response to what is said. But Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) participant Sharon Hernandez’s testimony at a recent public budget hearing in Prince George’s County was powerful enough to elicit applause. At the hearing, Sharon, an MMYC AmeriCorps member and a former participant of…

LAYC’s Mai Fernandez Testifies Before Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary

Testimony of Mai FernandezLegal and Strategic Director of the Latin American Youth CenterCommittee on Public Safety and the JudiciaryBill 18-138, Bill 18-151, Bill 18-152March 18, 2009 Good Morning Chairman Mendelson and Members of the Committee.  I am testifying before you today not only as the Legal and Strategic Director for the Latin American Youth Center…