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LAYC Reads

Summer has arrived! With summer comes days at the beach, s’mores roasting over campfires, and family road trips. But summer also brings with it the risk of “summer melt,” a loss of skills and knowledge gained during the school year. Reading this summer can be a great way to combat learning loss. For adults and…

Social Service Delivery in Peril Among Many Nonprofits in the United States Today

Community-based organizations (CBOs) all over the country are critical partners with government and philanthropic institutions in the provision of housing, mental health care, job training, family support, child care, and other services and assistance for Americans young and old. CBO staff work tirelessly every single day, and in some cases 24 hours a day, to…

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DACA Youth – Lives Hanging in the Balance

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this note. Today, we learned that the Trump administration has rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Honestly, we were expecting this on day one. The cruel and disheartening news came seven months later. Today, like business leaders, elected and appointed government officials, national…

Statement Following Events in Charlottesville

Statement from the Lori Kaplan, President & CEO of LAYC Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) would like to extend its most sincere condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. Heather…

Message from LAYC President & CEO

There will soon be a leadership transition at Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). The Board of Directors has hired LeaderFit to work with us to find LAYC’s next President & CEO. When the search is complete, I will step down from the role in which I have been privileged to serve for 30 years. We…

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…