Honoring our Heritage and Building Our Future

Since its inception, LAYC has been a place where we embrace the cultural identities and histories of each individual who walks through our doors. Over the years, we have grown from a small grassroots organization to a regional network of youth centers, school-based programs, and charter schools embracing the idea that young people who maintain…

Thoughts on the NCLR Report, “Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words”

By Eric Macias, GED Instructor On April 30th, Representative Tony Cardenas from California hosted a report briefing on Capitol Hill where a panel of experts talked about the adversity young Latina/os face that tends to lead them towards detention centers. The briefing was mainly based on the recently released NCLR report, “Resilient Latino Youth: In…

Spring Break for Many, But Not for All

Spring is just around the corner. For many of our youth, spring is so much more than sunny and warm weather. As our LAYC youth start to shed their jackets, springtime is their slide into spring break, hunting for summer jobs, and more. For many high school seniors, “senioritis” has set in. Students have fewer…

Honoring Mayor Marion Barry, Friend of LAYC

It was in the early 1980’s when I first met Mayor Barry and recognized that he was both a skilled politician and absolutely dedicated to young people in the District of Columbia. In his first term — the early years of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) — LAYC operated a small summer program. The youth…

What it means to receive the Community Champion Award

I was recently honored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation at their Hispanic Business Community Awards ceremony on October 29 at the Capital One Bank headquarters. Capital One Bank served as the presenting sponsor of the reception and ceremony. I was honored to accept this award as it was a very special evening shared with friends…

October is for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Yesterday, LAYC with many community partners* hosted an event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event Speak up, Speak out: Mobilizing Youth for Love and Respect for teens and young adults highlighted the impact of domestic violence among teens. Despite tornado warnings and lots of rain, it warmed my heart to see over…