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…

Immigration Rally

We Are Here Because You Are There

By Hunter Flores, LAYC Youth Participant The theme for an immigration rally at the White House I attended recently was “we are here, because you are there.” Initially, I hadn’t thought about going to the event; a friend had invited me. My first thoughts were, “I should go, because I should care about immigration issues.”…

Gustavo Mura

February 2016 Youth Spotlight: Gustavo Mura

By Karina Velasco and Ricardo Villalba, Adelante Program Case Managers Gustavo Mura, 20, is a resilient young immigrant living in Langley Park, Maryland who is the embodiment of what it means to be a true fighter and a go-getter. In 2012, Gustavo, then 16, escaped an abusive home environment in his native Guatemala. Gustavo fled…

Millie Perez

February 2016 Staff Spotlight: Millie Perez

by Barbara Myers, Chief Development Officer Anyone who has been to one of LAYC’s many special events has seen the tremendous talents and enthusiasm of our Special Events Coordinator, Millie Perez. Whether getting dozens of turkeys for LAYC families donated at Thanksgiving, or ensuring that hundreds of our youth receive just the right gift for…

Leveling the Playing Field GED

Thank You DC Board of Education for Leveling the Playing Field

The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) has always believed in the importance of the GED and have been preparing young people to take the exam for decades. Many youth who walk through our doors have left high school for very complex reasons including the need to work, because they are facing family problems, are young…