September 2015 Staff Spotlight: Sandra Shephard

By Lupi Quinteros-Grady, Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers Deputy Director Sandra Shephard has been working with LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) for 10 years. She first served as an outreach worker for the workforce program in Montgomery County in 2005. This would begin her career pathway at the Latin American Youth Center. It has been…

August 2015 Staff Spotlight: Luisa Montero and Lupi Quinteros

Honoring and Thanking Two Great Leaders: Luisa Montero and Lupi Quinteros For Their Ten Years of Servant Leadership to the Latin American Youth Centers’ Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers! It was August 2005 when LAYC responded to the call of the community and opened its first site in Maryland as a direct response to LAYC youth,…

July 2015 Staff Spotlight: Angela Gonzalez

Thoughts about Angela Gonzalez, Adelante Program/Prevention Community Coordinator, by some her biggest fans, her co-workers. “Angela is a great coworker who works tirelessly to accomplish many tasks that benefit the youth we work with. She is a hardworking individual who always keeps a positive attitude. In the time we have worked together, Angela has been…

June 2015 Staff Spotlight: Kynai Johnson

By John Van Zandt, Safe Housing Program Manager Kynai Johnson has been with the LAYC’s Safe Housing program since October 2013. She’s a native of southern Maryland, and came to LAYC after working for the State’s Attorney’s Office in Upper Marlboro as a bilingual victim/witness coordinator. Kynai completed her Master of Social Work at the…

May 2015 Staff Spotlight: Susana Castillo

by Avery Gollinge, DC Prevention Center Community Mobilizer Mary Jo Vazquez, Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager. During one staff meeting, when asked what symbolizes her, Susana Castillo quickly responded with a sunflower. This symbol perfectly embodies her—she’s full of energy and exudes a happiness that is infectious. Susana began working as a community mobilizer for the…

April 2015 Staff Spotlight: Jessica Cordero

by Jacob Newman, Silver Spring Workforce Director and Matthew Short, Job Readiness Training Instructor At LAYC, there are individuals who understand and connect with our organization’s mission and the needs of those we serve; Jessica Cordero is undoubtedly one of those people. Familiar with LAYC before she even worked here, Jessica likes to say, “LAYC…