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.
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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Aug 27, 2014

Summer 2014 Report

Whitney with her New Futures Scholarship
Whitney with her New Futures Scholarship

Dear Future Health Professional Supporter,

Thank you for your continued support of the Teen Health Promoters program at the Latin American Youth Center. With your support in 2013-2014, we helped 14 low-income high school students explore a health career and become healthy living advocates for their peers. We are excited to share that one of our 2014 graduates, Whitney, started classes last week at Northern Virginia Community College where she plans to major in Biology. Whitney dreams of becoming a biomedical engineer. Through the Teen Health Promoters, Whitney completed a clinical internship at The George Washington University Hospital where she explored healthcare in the emergency room, physical therapy clinic, and practiced CPR and phlebotomy in the hospital's skills lab. Her participation in the program helped her win a New Futures scholarship for college. You helped make Whitney a success story. Thank you!

We are now gearing up for a new cohort of eager high students interested in health careers. Meet Nicole, a former LAYC participant, and the program's new coordinator. Nicole hails from Detroit, Michigan and first came to LAYC as an intern with other community health programs. She then applied for and was accepted to LAYC's AmeriCorps program, where she completed one year of volunteer service on the health team teaching middle school students about healthy lifestyles. "I am excited to lead the Teen Health Promoters program and apply the fun and positive teaching methods I learned as an AmeriCorps member at LAYC," Nicole shared. Nicole is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in public health at the University of the District of Columbia.

With your support over the summer, Nicole began recruitment for the program in mid-August for an early October start date. Your contributions will help us purchase stethoscopes for the group, but we still need to purchase scrubs, blood pressure cuffs, and raise funds for CPR certifications and TB testing for the clinical internships. Will you help us inspire another group of young minds to pursue health careers? Please consider making an additional donation to our project and asking friends to do the same.

Thanks again for your generosity and continued support! We'll introduce you to the class of 2015 later in the fall.

Meet Nicole, New Program Coordinator
Meet Nicole, New Program Coordinator

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