So now as she fights the good fight…

On March 25, I received an In Her Honor: Celebrating the Service of Women in Pleasant Plains and Park View award from the Emergence Community Arts Collective. The award celebrates the service of women in our community who help build the social and cultural foundations of our neighborhoods. For this award, a wonderful young woman named…

From Grassroots to National Leader with A Little Help from Our Friends

LAYC has grown from a grassroots community organization founded and led by young people to a large and complex, regional, multi-service organization that is a national leader in youth development. Forty-five years ago, LAYC was a drop-in center in Washington DC’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. Today, over 150 staff and 30 AmeriCorps members provide services at…

In Celebration of Black History Month

It is important to celebrate and remember the legacy of the leaders who fought for the rights of the young people who walk through LAYC’s doors every day. Too often, our most courageous leaders may only be a sentence or two in a textbook as students race through history during the school year. Many youth…

Bard College at LAYC: A Transformational Experience

Last month, I attended a college-level philosophy class at LAYC where students discussed Plato’s concept of school as a place to create and question. Philosophy classes at LAYC? In 1995, Bard College and author and educator Earl Shorris created the Clemente Course in the Humanities to teach humanities at the college level to low-income people who…

What Widget? Which Widget? Why Widgets?

Heard the latest nonprofit joke? What do Fidelity Charitable, the $1,680,298,146 fund, and LAYC, a community-based multi-service organization, have in common? Answer: the DAF Direct widget! LAYC is known for innovation and risk-taking. We work hard and smart to figure out how to meet new and emerging needs of the young people and families we…

Thinking of Our Fathers

Recently I have been to two wonderful events. Jews United For Justice event honored Rubie Coles, Associate Director for Economic Justice at the Moriah Fund with their 2013 Heschel Award and the Montgomery County Community Foundation honored Solomon Graham with their 2013 Philanthropist of the Year Award. I have known and respected Rubie for many…