Alexander Palacios

January 2017 Youth Spotlight: Alexander Palacios

by Alexander Palacios When I was in high school, I struggled to get motivated for my education. Every time I was in class, I felt bored because the subjects were not interesting and the teachers were not supportive. I soon formally withdrew, because I had stopped attending school. When my baby brother was born, my…

Kory Molina

December 2016 Youth Spotlight: Kory Molina

My name is Kory Molina, and I am 21 years old. I was born and raised in a beautiful town called La Entrada in the state of Copan on the west side of Honduras. I fled Honduras in November 2011 due to violence and to seek a better future for me and my family. I…

Wilson Zúñiga

November 2016 Youth Spotlight: Wilson Zúñiga

Last year around this time, Wilson Zúñiga, had to leave his house and became homeless. He was just 17 years old. After staying in a temporary host home through LAYC, he was finally able to rent a room on his own. Through it all, Wilson remained positive and worked very hard to move forward in…

Jahwill and Joseline

October 2016 Youth Spotlight: Joselin Salmeron and Jahwill Taylor

by DC Prevention Wards 1 & 2 staff Two amazing young people are the winners of the DC Prevention Center Wards 1 & 2’s PhotoVoice challenge! Joselin Salmeron, 16, is a student at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, and Jahwill Taylor, 16, attends Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. PhotoVoice is about youth expressing their voices…

David Basilio

August 2016 Youth Spotlight: David Basilio

by Jessica Cordero, Job Developer, and Janice Castro, Job Coach Summer 2016 will be one that David Basilio, 16, will remember for years to come as his very first work experience. As a rising senior at Albert Einstein High School in Montgomery County, Maryland, this was the first time David experienced the application and interview…