LAYC Brings the FUN to Summer FUNdraiser

Pat Arzuaga (in colorful dress) with friends at the FUNdraiser Question: Where can you dance merengue, feast on empanadas and arepas, make new friends, and help young people make a successful transition to young adulthood? Answer: At an LAYC FUNdraiser! FUNdraisers are social gatherings hosted by friends and supporters of LAYC that offer an opportunity…

Youth Spotlight: Adebukunola “Bookie” Adenariwo

Adebukunola (Bookie) Adenariwo joined LAYC’s Teen Health Promoters program two years ago to explore whether she wanted to pursue a career in health care.

In June, Bookie graduated from high school and will seek a nursing degree at Norfolk State University in the fall. The Teen Health Promotor program was one of the main influences in Bookie’s decision. Says Bookie, “In order to be successful, you need help. Everyone needs that extra connection. Teen Health Promoters is a great learning experience, and Allison, the program coordinator, motivated and encouraged me.”

A Community Vegetable Garden is Growing in the Shared Backyard of LAYC’s Independent Living Program and Art + Media House

With a grant from Washington Parks & People’s Community Harvest, youth and staff from LAYC’s residential programs designed and planted the garden this spring.  It is now in full bloom, harvesting ten beds of tomatoes, peppers, garlic, squash, potatoes, beans, eggplant, butterfly plants, and sunflowers.  The purpose of the garden is to build understanding and…

Digital Connectors Launches at LAYC with Live Internet Radio Show

EliteDC’s Anwaa Kong talks to Digital Connectors participants as DJ Polo and DJ Pierre prepare for the radio show.

As part of the launch of One Economy’s Digital Connectors program, local internet radio celebrities DJ Pierre and DJ Polo of EliteDC Radio broadcast a live show from the Latin American Youth Center Community Room on Thursday afternoon.

Fifth Annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner

The Fifth Annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner was held on Friday, June 26th, 2009 in the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) Community Room.  The evening was full of laughter, tasty food, lively music and great company. Some attendees had so much fun that they danced out of the room at the end of the night….

34 WISE Participants Earn Their GEDs

Bridgette Williams will begin classes at UDC this fall.

2008-2009 was a great year for WISE, with 34 participants earning their GEDs!

In recognition of their accomplishment, WISE participants were recognized at a GED graduation ceremony held June 20th on the UDC campus. Among the graduates were Bridgette Williams, Devin Vines, Donna Williams, Theodore Nave, Vernon Young, and Adam Queen-Raggins.