Why I Work To Protect Our Nation’s Immigrant Story

The city I call home—Washington, DC—is a sanctuary city, a place that has affirmed that law enforcement will protect and serve all residents, regardless of immigration status and mandates at the federal level. Within days of the inauguration, our new administration announced that sanctuary cities would face the loss of federal funds if they did…

Thoughts Since the Election: Reaffirming Our Values

As the days go by and we prepare for a new administration, I wanted to share a few thoughts. In the context of uncertainty, there are some very important things that have not changed. Most importantly, LAYC’s values have not changed. They are the values that have grounded LAYC since we were founded almost 50…

Thoughts on the NCLR report: Toward a More Equitable Future: the Trends & Challenges Facing America’s Latino Children

Last week, I was a panelist on NCLR’s press conference for the recently released report, Toward a More Equitable Future: The Trends & Challenges Facing America’s Latino Children. The report is an up-to-date demographic analysis on the health and wellbeing of our nation’s Latino children aged 0–17. The research document also comes with an electronic…

From Orlando to Dallas, For Alton and Philando

There are no words to express both the outrage and the profound sadness that I feel, and I know we all feel, over recent events in our nation. From the attack on members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando to the shootings of African-Americans Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota,…

The Demise of the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation

Today the Washington, DC, child and youth engagement community is absorbing the news that the DC Trust, formerly the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, is closing its doors. Once again poor management, poor oversight, lack of leadership, lack of integrity, and theft has rocked the organization, left low-income and disadvantaged DC youth behind,…

Today’s Dreamers, Tomorrow’s Leaders

Each spring, at our gala, the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) honors a community leader who has made a deep and lasting difference to the young people LAYC serves. In 2016, it’s our special pleasure to recognize Donald E. Graham. Don’s name is synonymous with The Washington Post, which he led for three decades as…