Latin American Youth Center

The mission of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is to empower a diverse population of underserved youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youth's social, academic, and career needs.
Jan 14, 2015

New Year, New Opportunities to Help Homeless Youth

Hunter at LAYC
Hunter at LAYC

Happy New Year! It’s been a busy few months for the street outreach team. In fact, thanks to your continued support, we’ve served an average of 45 homeless youth per month - a record for us! Of these youth, we’ve helped 42 find safe, stable housing.  One of these youth is Hunter.

Hunter is a 21-year-old young woman who dreams of a career in social justice. She is concerned with the role of race in society and for individual identity.  

When Hunter’s mother fell ill after years of drug use and related health problems, she went to live with her father and his new family, whom she had not seen since she was a little girl. There were cultural differences with her father’s family that affected her sense of self, and she became depressed and soon after, homeless.

Hunter came to LAYC in search of housing assistance and found much more. Once placed in a safe and stable home, Hunter went on to complete job training in LAYC’s workforce program, and is now a student in LAYC’s Bard College where she is working toward six college credits in the humanities.

“LAYC saved my life. They gave me a helping hand. I was completely alone,” shares Hunter. Hunter is hopeful for the future and focused on finishing the Bard program and continuing her college education.

Hunter is only one of an estimated 500 youth who find themselves homeless in the DC region on any given night. The winter season poses even greater hardships as temperatures plummet and shelter space is at a premium.

Please consider making an additional gift during these winter months. Your support makes it possible for us to bring these youth out of the cold and into a brighter future.

Thank you,

Dec 9, 2014

Introducing the Class of 2015

Class of 2015
Class of 2015

Dear Future Health Professional Supporter,

We sincerely appreciate your interest in and continued support of the Teen Health Promoters (THP) program at the Latin American Youth Center. Thanks to you, THP started off with a bang this fall. Our program’s success and reputation yielded yet another competitive applicant pool, with over 30 applications received from youth who are passionate about becoming future health leaders. THP’s program coordinator, Nicole, had the tough challenge of admitting only 15. This year’s cohort includes youth from five area high schools. Most are female upperclassmen, of which five will graduate next May and continue their pursuit of careers in health and/or medicine.

With your help, in November, the THP youth embarked on a field trip to the University of Maryland, where they participated in a challenge course. This experience allowed them to cultivate a sense of community, discover their strengths, and build leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills. They developed a sense of teamwork that will serve them well throughout the duration of THP and beyond.

THP has an exciting year ahead of them. With your contributions, not only will they learn about topics ranging from mental health and substance abuse to safe sex, they will positively impact their communities by organizing a series of health fairs and outreach projects around World AIDS Day, nutrition and fitness, and so forth. Additionally, they look forward to beginning their clinical internships with local community partners in the spring. Your support will help us fund their CPR certifications and TB testing required to start the internships and will help us purchase their stethoscopes, scrubs, blood pressure cuffs.

Your contributions have helped these youth make their career aspirations a reality. Thank you for giving them a chance.

Leslie, Future Dental Hygienist
Leslie, Future Dental Hygienist
Jordy, Future Physician
Jordy, Future Physician
Ricky, Future Orthodontist
Ricky, Future Orthodontist
Oct 15, 2014

Fall Report: Meet Reggie

Reggie
Reggie

"I didn't have anyone in my corner," recalls Reggie, 21, of his life after his mother died when he was 10 years old. After years of "couch surfing" with relatives and friends, Reggie found his way to LAYC's extended housing program. The nine-month transitional living program helps youth who are homeless or unstably housed. Through this program, Reggie lives in a studio apartment, meets weekly with a case manager, and receives wrap-around services. In his time, Reggie has explored going into the Army and is contemplating a career in computer science.

For many homeless youth like Reggie, LAYC provides the caring adults and supportive environment to concentrate on educational and career goals rather than shelter, food, and safety.

As we approach the cooler months of the year, we need your renewed commitment to ending youth homelessness in the District of Columbia. Will you help us keep homeless youth safe and warm through the fall and into winter?

With your support, LAYC is able to help youth like Reggie get the services they need to make a successful transition to young adulthood. Please consider making a generous donation to our project, and tell your friends. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of homeless and runaway youth who need our services.

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