My Thoughts on My Brother’s Keeper

I was very fortunate to have been this past February at the White House when President Obama made the announcement about My Brother’s Keeper. LAYC had two young men standing behind the president during the president’s remarks. President Obama’s speech was personal and moving, and it was a stirring reflection on his own experiences and…

My Thoughts on the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

The news coverage and photos of the children and youth at the U.S.-Mexico border paint the picture of a true humanitarian crisis. These children, the majority from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, are arriving hungry, physically exhausted, having endured severe trauma, and without a safe and stable place to call home. It is hard for…

In Memory of and in Honor of Dr. Sam Halperin

Dr. Sam Halperin recently passed away, and I was honored to share a few words at the celebration of life gathering organized by his family, friends, and colleagues. Sam spent his career in American public education working to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice in education, and youth development.  His groundbreaking 1988 reports…

Nonprofits and General Operating Funds: Let’s Be the Change We Want to See!

A recent tweet from my friend Amy Nakamoto, Executive Director of DC Scores in Washington, DC, caught my eye: “Gotta LoveThis Guy.” Curious, I opened the link. “General operating funds, admin expenses, and why we NonProfits are our own worst enemies” said it all! Written by Vu Le, Executive Director of the Vietnamese Friendship Association,…

In Memory of Victor Gonzalez and Dr. Samuel Halperin

Recently, two friends of LAYC passed away, Victor Gonzalez and Dr. Samuel Halperin. Victor grew up in Columbia Heights, DC, the community where LAYC’s anchor site is located. As children and teenagers, Victor and his four brothers and sisters participated in LAYC programs. As an adult, Victor became an Advisory Neighborhood commissioner and helped LAYC…

Be the Change You Want to See!

Days go by, and I search in vain for good news in our region. This week, I have some! Community advocacy has produced important changes in education and local service delivery in Prince George’s and Montgomery County. In Prince George’s County, two mothers began the process of creating change. They advocated for pre-school Spanish immersion,…