2020 – A YEAR OF COMING TOGETHER FOR HOPE

Back in March, LAYC  developed a campaign called “Together for Hope” because we understood that only by leaning on each other would we be able to get through these difficult times. Over the past nine months, we have seen the best of ourselves in people who have willingly given monetary support, as well as their…

Healing and Recovery Through LAYC Mental Health Support

We have all been impacted by the pandemic this year. In addition to its toll on the health of many of our loved ones, the additional social isolation and uncertainty have felt especially disruptive to our lives. In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on individual’s mental health and the well-being of our community, LAYC…

A Back to School Recipe for Success: Dedication, opportunity, and persistence

Over the past five years, Ruth’s family moved over 15 times, living in numerous apartments and shelters and dealing with considerable financial stress and multiple challenges in the household.  The family’s financial worries and Ruth’s responsibilities increased even more during the pandemic. During the crisis, Ruth has been maintaining a job and caring for adult…

AmeriCorps Members Reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

LAYC’s AmeriCorps program provides an opportunity for young adults who are considering a career in youth development or social service to gain experience in a real-world setting and develop useful skills. In DC, LAYC AmeriCorps members serve at Powell Elementary School, Bancroft Elementary School Takoma Education Campus, and LAYC’s Teen Center. Members provide students with…

LAYC Health Promotions Team Improving Youth Sexual Health

By Noah Hughes-Dunn Young people in our nation’s capital are diagnosed with HIV at almost twice the national rate, according to data from the DC Department of Health. Of the 368 diagnoses made in 2017, 41% were youth between the ages of 13 and 24. Additionally,  city-wide rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections are skyrocketing,…

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Spirit and Legacy

On January 21st, LAYC’s Housing, Education, and Wellness staff, AmeriCorps members, volunteers from the Human Rights Campaign, and community members commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event, held at Rita Bright Family and Youth Center, included MLK-themed activities, service work, a panel discussion about the impact of and experiences…