A Hug from Michele Obama – How Great Is That?

Shaniya Williams, LAYC’s summer intern in our Health Promotion Program, came to the LAYC through our awesome partnership with Urban Alliance. As part of her summer experience she had an amazing opportunity to meet former First Lady Michelle Obama. Not only that, Ms. Obama herself posted a picture of their meeting on her Instagram account…

Summer in the City

LAYC’s summer program had something for everyone. Our programs and activities touched the lives of over 500 young people, ages 12-24, in our region. Youth focused on their careers and had exposure to many job opportunities in culinary arts, visual and performing arts, green jobs and more. LAYC also focused on their academic skills, environmental…

Celebrating Youth Who Earned Their GED Diplomas This Summer

On July 27, LAYC and LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) celebrated 40 youth in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties as they received their GEDs. This was a truly joyous occasion not only for the youth who got their diplomas, but for their families and their teachers. One graduate, Jeffrey…

It’s Time to Break out the Caps and Gowns at LAYC!

LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® staff is thrilled to congratulate the 41 program youth who earned their high school diplomas this spring! The Pathway is an intensive, long-term case management model that provides youth facing multiple obstacles with the resources and support they need to reach their education, employment, and life goals. The model, which focuses on…

Earth Day 2017

Earth Day Morphs into Earth Month at LAYC

LAYC’s two Conservation Corps programs (the three-year old Montgomery County Conservation Corps and the new DC-based River Corps) were even busier than usual during “Earth Month 2017.” The kick-off event was a massive workday in DC’s Rock Creek Park, with over 60 volunteers and 30 LAYC youth. Representatives of The Corps Network and The Gates Foundation, congressional…

New LAYC Program: Manhood 2.0 and the “Man Box”

By Tyvon Hewitt, Manhood 2.0 Youth Developer “You need to man up.” This has become one of the most toxic phrases a young man can hear. Gender equity work has been done for hundreds of years through many different methods. Very rarely does the work include young men as agents of this change and acknowledge…