Franklin Peralta

Promotor Franklin Peralta Honored by DC Mayor, Venture Philanthropy Partners, and Superstar Foundation

By Jamie Cotta, Patty Santucci, and Shayna Scholnick Congratulations to Franklin Peralta for being recognized not once but twice this year for his work with youth in our Promotor Pathway® ! In September, he received the 2019 Mayor Muriel Bowser Hispanic Heritage Month Award. Earlier this month, he was awarded Venture Philanthropy Partners’ (VPP) first…

LAYC Youth Academic and Employment Success in Prince George’s County

Youth in LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® and workforce programs in Prince George’s (PG) County are reporting remarkable achievements this year! With the help of dedicated LAYC staff and a productive partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools’ (PGCPS) McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program through Title 1, some of the County’s most at-risk youth…

LAYC featured in article about youth and homelessness in DC

LAYC’s work with homeless youth is featured in an article published by How Housing Matters, an online portal that provides access to the growing body of research on how housing matters to other pivotal drivers of individual and community success.  This research is curated by the Urban Institute. Drop-in centers like Sasha Bruce’s in Barracks…

Promotor Pathway® graduation celebration

LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® program hosted a graduation celebration in June for 46 young people in the program who completed high school this year. Over almost 10 years, the Pathway has served 871 youth, supporting the region’s most vulnerable youth to succeed academically, obtain employment or post-secondary education, and improve the practice of healthy behaviors for…

LAYC/MMYC Prince George’s County Summer Programs


This year’s summer programs in Prince George’s County touched the lives of over 250 young people in our region, ages 12-15. During these five-week programs, youth focused on their academic and life skills and the keys to a successful middle school or high school experience. Our goal was for youth to have fun and keep…

Run for Team LAYC in the Marine Corps Marathon or 10K! 


Last year, LAYC became one of 95 local Charity Partners of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). One of the largest marathons in the US, MCM is known as “The People’s Marathon,” as it doesn’t offer prize money. Its mission is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill, and showcase the US Marine Corps. The MCM…