Margarita Dilone

Heroes Circle Spotlight: Margarita Dilone

When you walk into the offices of the Crystal Insurance Agency in Adams-Morgan, the first creature you encounter is not a person. It’s a small white poodle named Chispa. “Chispa” means “sparky” in Spanish, and there’s no doubt that Crystal’s Chispa lives up to her name. She sniffs. She scours. She prowls around as if…

Juan Jara

Heroes Circle Spotlight: Juan Jara

Juan Jara discovered the Latin American Youth Center by the sheerest chance. It was 2007. He was walking through Columbia Heights, the D.C. neighborhood to which he had just moved, when a young stranger came up to him and asked if he knew where “the youth center” was. Jara didn’t. He had never been there….

Aoife Delargy

Volunteer Spotlight: Immigration Attorney Aoife Delargy

by Cecilia Dos Santos, Executive Coordinator and Program Manager Executive Coordinator and Program Manager, DREAMER committee member, and enthusiastic user of face make-up for Halloween, Cecilia Dos Santos has a background in dating and sexual violence advocacy for youth. A native of West Hartford, CT and graduate of Tufts University, she writes about the intersection of…

Donor Spotlight: Service Employees International Union

by Carolyn Greenspan, Program Coordinator The LAYC Workforce Investment for Successful Employment (WISE) program, a retail and hospitality-focused GED and workforce readiness program, wants to give a big THANK YOU to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for the donation of professional clothing to our program participants. SEIU is a labor union that unites workers…

Donor Spotlight: Laura Broughton Brings Holiday Cheer to LAYC Youth

Every year, over 500 LAYC youth and families receive gifts for the holidays thanks to the generosity of a handful of community groups, companies, and individuals. Footballs, dolls, clothing, books, and skateboards filled several rooms at LAYC the days leading up our holiday celebration on December 17. LAYC staff and volunteers wrapped presents for days….

Donor Spotlight: Grooming by Em

by Yolanda Quintanilla, LAYC Lead Promotor and In-school Coordinator Native Salvadorian siblings Emily and Gary Mansilla opened Grooming by Em in 2001. Since opening their business in North Brentwood, Maryland, their mission has been to better serve and educate the community by holding pet grooming workshops and hosting fundraisers for non-profits. Grooming by Em has…