When youth enroll in LAYC’s educational programs, they can look forward to an enriching experience with an emphasis on academics, leadership development, and social-skill building. Our programs focus on activities that enhance academic performance with the goal to support attainment of a high school diploma or GED, and prepare youth for post-secondary education and success. Youth have access to our academic programs at LAYC’s sites and at partner schools during the school day and after school through our School-Based Academic Programs and After-school Enrichment.

From tutoring in our DC Teen Center to in-school support through our AmeriCorps members in partner schools, our programs provide the additional help our students need to complete homework, discuss readings, and complete special projects. For youth enrolled in area high schools or LAYC-founded YouthBuild, Next Step, or LAYC Career Academy Public Charter Schools, we offer College Access and Retention programs and services including support applying to college, scholarships and other financial aid, and college tours. Our services extend to students in our Bard College Clemente Course that offers six college credits in the humanities. With Community Schools, LAYC builds partnerships with schools to share accountability for results, set high expectations, build on our community’s strengths, and embrace diversity and innovative solutions.

All of our education programs work to support the growth of the whole person. With this goal, our education staff engages youth in academic activities that also encourage youth to become informed and thoughtful members of society.