Message from Lupi Quinteros-Grady,
LAYC President & CEO

Today would have been our Annual “Our Youth Matter” Gala and, while we are unable to celebrate in person, we would like to thank all our donors and sponsors who supported LAYC’s 2020 Our Youth Matter Gala. We are all faced with the challenges COVID-19 has brought about, but we remain steadfast in supporting youth and families during this time of crisis. With the help of our donors, we are able to provide assistance to address their most immediate needs including emergency rental and grocery assistance, access to the internet, and laptops for virtual learning, as well as diapers and formula. Without your support, these things would not be possible. Today, and every day, we are grateful for your continued support.

We would still like to recognize this year’s honorees, Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Councilmember, and Rosie Allen-Herring, President & CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area, for their unwavering commitment to LAYC. They are community champions invested in the future of our community and in addressing the inequities that plague our community and further exacerbated with the COVID-19 pandemic. I greatly admire these two women for being such trailblazers in our communities.

Nancy’s leadership and work on political and social issues such as immigration, healthcare, civil rights, education, and equity have been instrumental to the youth and families we support. She represents all constituents, but as the only Latina woman on the County Council, she inspires and influences the next generation of diverse youth leaders in the community.

Rosie Allen-Herring’s strategic leadership allows communities skipped over or written off to be served with respect. United Way of the National Capital Area has supported LAYC for more than 15 years, with direct support through grant funding, employee giving contributions, and employee volunteerism. We are grateful for her visionary leadership.

Honoree Testimonials

Rosie Allen-Herring

“When United Way of the National Capital Area was looking to evolve into a community impact organization that focused on addressing middle school success, particularly in Prince George’s County, Lupi and her team were there every step of the way and helped launch our community schools initiative. LAYC’s deep roots and relationships in the community have been instrumental in United Way NCA’s strategic investments in Prince George’s County.

It is through our continued partnerships with organizations like LAYC that we surpassed our education goal to help over 14,000 of our most vulnerable students and families access vital academic and basic needs support in five years. From executing our community schools initiative and signature health programs to providing extended learning opportunities for students through the summer months, LAYC has been a force for many and we are proud to call them our partners in the fight for the education, health and financial stability of every person in our region.”

Nancy Navarro

“It is an immense honor to be recognized by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) for my public service. Although we cannot gather in person to celebrate LAYC’s mission as a multi-cultural and multi-service agency serving youth across different jurisdictions, I continue to applaud and admire their work. Now more than ever, our youth must be properly equipped to navigate our world’s changing landscape and LAYC plays a pivotal role in preparing them.”



Thanks to our Sponsors!

Thank you for standing by Latin American Youth Center youth and their families during this global pandemic. This pandemic has further exposed the inequalities already prevalent in our low-income communities. Your commitment to them in light of not having Our Youth Matter Gala means with your support we can continue to serve youth and families to keep them safe and their basic needs met. Your dedication to the communities we serve is noticed and very much appreciated.

Friends of LAYC

Pamela Boozer-Strother
Clark Construction
DC Health Link
Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman
Montgomery College
Matt Sislen
Neighbors Rising