LAYC’s AmeriCorps program provides the opportunity for young adults who are considering a career in youth development, social service, to try their hand in a real-world setting and gain tons of useful skills. Our focus on social justice sets us apart from other programs. We utilize innovative approaches to education ranging from project-based learning to restorative practices to LAYC’s special brand of Positive Youth Development (PYD).

Where can I serve with LAYC?

LAYC-MMYC Riverdale AmeriCorps Team 2015-2016 at Buck Lodge Middle School.
LAYC-MMYC Riverdale AmeriCorps Team 2015-2016 at Buck Lodge Middle School.

LAYC has AmeriCorps programs in the District of Columbia at our Columbia Heights office and in Prince George’s County at our Riverdale site. AmeriCorps members are headquartered at one of these sites, and spend most of their time serving at one of our partner schools.

In the District of Columbia, members serve at Powell Elementary School, Sacred Heart School, Cardozo Educational Campus, or Raymond Educational Campus.

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, members serve at Buck Lodge and William Wirt Middle Schools.

What training will I receive?

AmeriCorps members receive professional development training in tutoring, lesson planning, database entry, classroom management and discipline, emergency preparedness, CPR and first aid, leadership development, volunteering, community development, and job search skills.

What is the program schedule?

LAYC’s AmeriCorps’ programs run from August to June in DC, and from September to July in Prince George’s County. Members serve with full-time or part-time schedules.

Full Time

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Part Time

Monday–Thursday, 2–6 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Members also participate in national service or local community events that often occur on the weekends.

During the summer months (July and August), members serve Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Besides the gift of giving back, what are the benefits of the program?

Full-time Member Benefits

  • Modest stipend every two weeks
  • Vouchers to cover childcare costs
  • Access to AmeriCorps’ loan forbearance program
  • Health insurance
  • Educational award of $5,350 upon successful completion of 1700 hours in the program

Part-time Member Benefits

  • Modest stipend every two weeks (before taxes)
  • Educational award of $2,675 upon successful completion 900 hours in the program

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • 18 years or older (or 17 with written consent from parent or guardian)
  • A U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
  • Have a GED or high school diploma
  • Have experience and a commitment to working with youth

How do I apply?

Apply on the AmeriCorps website. Choose Latin American Youth Center as your service location. We accept applications from April through August 2016 for the 2016-2017 service year.

Location in DC

Kaplan Building, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC.

Location in Prince George’s County, MD

6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, Maryland.

Contact in DC

Efrain Ramirez, AmeriCorps Coordinator,, (202) 643-9729

Contact in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Gabriela Gonzalez, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator,, (301) 779-2851 x 331.


Interested in other ways to give back? See our volunteer opportunitiesYou may also be interested in our Montgomery County Conservation Corps, or internship opportunities.

LAYC’s AmeriCorps program in the District of Columbia is a subgrantee of Serve DC.

LAYC’s AmeriCorps program in Prince George’s County is possible thanks to the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and the National Council of La Raza, which provide the foundational funding for the program. Other funders include the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services, Capital One, and 21st Century, DPR Foundation.