October is for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Yesterday, LAYC with many community partners* hosted an event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event Speak up, Speak out: Mobilizing Youth for Love and Respect for teens and young adults highlighted the impact of domestic violence among teens. Despite tornado warnings and lots of rain, it warmed my heart to see over…

Happy 25th Anniversary Kids Count!

I remember the first KIDS COUNT document that was released 25 years ago! The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) was ahead of the times, a pioneer in understanding the importance of data collection and analysis. I remember those early years when community and youth advocates would meet with influential policymakers to tell their stories. Their…

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…