Kicking off a Culinary Summer

As DC heated up to blazing temperatures this month, LAYC’s Food & Nutrition Program staff kicked off the summer with 18 DC youth. Through DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), these young people are gaining valuable employment experience while learning about culinary arts at LAYC over an intensive six-week program. Participants come from all over…

Voces Sin Fronteras Raises Immigrant Youth Voices: A Collection of Personal Stories on Struggle, Resilience, and Hope

By Juan Pacheco, Community Peace Mobilizer On May 30, 2018, members of LAYC’s Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC) announced the release of their anxiously awaited graphic memoir, Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth at Busboys and Poets’ 14th Street location in DC. The book was made possible through the tremendous determination and bravery of 16…

Clear Skies Ahead in the Food & Nutrition Program

By Julia Kann, Program Manager, Food & Nutrition Summer is here, LAYC’s cooking classes are filling up, and our veggie garden is bursting! Students have been cooking up a storm in classes held in LAYC’s Teen Center and at YouthBuild and LAYC Career Academy Public Charter Schools through our Community Schools Consortium. Highlights from spring…

Celebrating 5 Years of Maryland Montgomery County Conservation Corps!

On April 5th we celebrated five years of LAYC/MMYC’s Maryland Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC)! Since the program began, our MCCC staff and regional partners have provided youth with opportunities to work toward earning their GED and gain hands-on experience while completing projects designed around conservation principles in local parks, nurseries, and other regional sites….

Art Therapy at LAYC Is Helping Youth Communicate, Reflect, and Heal

By Rebeca Carvajal, LAYC mental health counselor LAYC youth face many mental health challenges that can stem from complex family issues, homelessness, substance use, immigration status, and trauma. As a mental health counselor with a Master of Art Therapy degree, I regularly integrate art therapy techniques in my counseling work to connect with youth and…

MLK Day of Service

The spirit of Dr. King was alive and well during the Latin American Youth Center’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers’ (LAYC/MMYC) events held in Prince George’s County on Monday. We were honored to hold two events honoring Dr. King’s legacy, serving almost 900 students, families, and community members. At LAYC/MMYC’s Riverdale site, Councilwoman Dannielle M. Glaros, numerous…