Dora Guevara

March 2016 Staff Spotlight: Dora Guevara

by Elizabeth Mohler, Clinical Supervisor You could say that Dora is the “heart and soul” of the Treatment Department here at LAYC. Her warmth, dedication, and enthusiasm are infectious. She is very highly regarded by the youth and families she serves and by her colleagues and co-workers. In addition, Dora is well known in the…

Aoife Delargy

Volunteer Spotlight: Immigration Attorney Aoife Delargy

by Cecilia Dos Santos, Executive Coordinator and Program Manager Executive Coordinator and Program Manager, DREAMER committee member, and enthusiastic user of face make-up for Halloween, Cecilia Dos Santos has a background in dating and sexual violence advocacy for youth. A native of West Hartford, CT and graduate of Tufts University, she writes about the intersection of…

Iron Chef...Peanut Butter

Iron Chef…Peanut Butter?

by Lily Gage, Teen Health Promoters Assistant Coordinator The smells of black beans and chicken wafted from the Teen Center kitchen. Delicious aromas spiraling from under the kitchen door are by no means unusual here at LAYC, where food seems to fuel programming almost as much as grant funding, but what was odd, last Thursday,…

LAYC Youth Testimony on the UDC DREAM Amendment Act of 2015

Statement on Behalf of the Latin American Youth Center by Miguel Castro, LAYC Youth Participant Before the Committee of the Whole of the Council of the District of Columbia Bill 21-0422, the “UDC DREAM Amendment Act of 2015” Thursday, February 18, 2016   Good afternoon, Councilmembers: My name is Miguel Castro. I am one of…

LAYC Testimony to DC OSSE Oversight Hearing, February 17, 2016

Testimony drafted by Ana Hageage, LAYC Workforce Investment Director Presented by Luis Quiñones, LAYC Education Director on February 17, 2016, at the DC OSSE Oversight Hearing Good Morning, My name is Luis Quiñones, and I am the Director of Education for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Columbia Heights. LAYC is a long-standing multi-service…

Today’s Dreamers, Tomorrow’s Leaders

Each spring, at our gala, the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) honors a community leader who has made a deep and lasting difference to the young people LAYC serves. In 2016, it’s our special pleasure to recognize Donald E. Graham. Don’s name is synonymous with The Washington Post, which he led for three decades as…