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.
Mar 20, 2017

THP Youth at George Washington Hospital?

THP youth with their GW hospital badges!
THP youth with their GW hospital badges!

Dear Friend,

Ten of our amazing Teen Health Promoter (THP) youth got selected to participate in a clinical internship at George Washington University Hospital! Through our THP program, these youth now have an amazing hands-on internship opportunity that will guide them in their future medical careers. THP Manager Nicole Conner writes about the partnership:

“George Washington University Hospital’s (GW) Department of Emergency Medicine has partnered with Latin American Youth Center to serve as a clinical internship site for the Teen Health Promoters since 2013. In February of this year, selected THP youth attended their first-day orientation at GW where they excitedly received their very own hospital badges.

This clinical internship offers youth the opportunity to shadow nurses and doctors in the emergency medicine department, providing participants a closely supervised clinical experience with a variety of health professions. For many of the Teen Health Promoters, the internship will be their first experience in a clinical setting, providing much-needed exposure to their medical fields of choice. THP staff work to provide opportunities like the GW internship to offer youth of color opportunities to pursue their professional goals in the medical field.

Ruby, a current THP youth, had always known that she had a passion for healthcare. When she found out about the Teen Health Promoters’ internship opportunities, she was ecstatic that she would be working in the hospital with patients—whether that was shadowing doctors or measuring vital signs. Ruby is most interested in helping patients as a Nurse Practitioner. As a leader in THP, Ruby, alongside nine of her peers, were selected for these exclusive internships. I am in no doubt that they will continue to grow, give back to their communities, and make the LAYC family proud!”

Please congratulate Ruby, Jahwill, Ermyas, Enna, Biyeshi, Cindy, Perpetua, Alexis, Elizabeth, and Diamond on their GW hospital internship placements by dedicating your donation to one of our amazing THP youth. Every contribution helps youth like Ruby achieve their dreams.

 

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Gracias,

Lori

Ruby, our future nurse practitioner!
Ruby, our future nurse practitioner!
Alexis practicing vital signs measurement for GW.
Alexis practicing vital signs measurement for GW.
Mar 14, 2017

Meet David

David, on the steps of LAYC
David, on the steps of LAYC's Drop-In Center.

Dear Friend,

It’s a snowy day here in DC, and homeless youth know that more than anyone. Thank you for your continued support of LAYC’s Street Outreach Program and Drop-In Center that give these youth a safe haven. Please enjoy this story written by a young person named David who found refuge at LAYC:

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank LAYC as a whole for providing a place for me to stay out of trouble and get my priorities on the right track. I was born in St. Louis, MO, and moved to DC to live with my cousin at a young age due to my mother being financially incapable of looking after me. Throughout my time here in DC, I have had a constant feeling of insecurity and loneliness, which didn’t help with my depression. Although I'm still young, I have matured enough to know that if I had continued on that dark path, it would have led to my destruction.

I originally found out about the LAYC Drop-In Center through a friend who was homeless. She would come to eat and take care of personal hygiene, up until the staff here were able to help her get into a safe housing program. I’ve been coming to the Drop-In Center to complete job applications, check my emails, and grab a bite to eat when I don’t have enough to buy food. Being able to come here has kept me from a lot of the negative activities I used to take part in. I am especially grateful to the staff here, who have managed to try to help me in any way that they can.

My case manager has definitely become a mentor to me. Being bilingual, the only thing he hasn’t helped me do is learn Spanish (ha ha). Seriously though, I appreciate his attentiveness to my issues and concern for my wellbeing. Being that I was born in St. Louis and not in Washington DC, I found it difficult to deal with my hardships all by myself. My case manager has made it more of a team effort, so now I feel more capable of becoming successful. I currently have four interviews lined up and ready, as well as two program offers for long term trades in both entrepreneurial studies and flooring. I will eventually have to choose one of the programs and one job obviously; however, I am so grateful to have reached this turning point in my life. Though I am one of a few who have written my thank you, I am sure the others who benefit from the Drop-In Center here at LAYC are grateful, too.”

Thank you for supporting youth like David. Please consider telling a friend or family member about our programs and encouraging them to donate alongside you.

Gracias,

Lori

The Drop-In Center
The Drop-In Center's donated clothes for youth.
David
David
Dec 20, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Teen Health Promoters!

Happy Holidays! Please see a message from Teen Health Promoters (THP) staff member Nicole Connor:

 

“On behalf of the Latin American Youth Center Teen Health Promoters, we would like to thank you so much for your generous gifts this year. Your charitable donation will now allow us to purchase much-needed supplies that will directly benefit THP youth. We’d like you to know that your thoughtfulness and appreciation is truly making a difference in the lives of so many which will help them prosper and fulfill their dreams.

With your support, we empower youth to pursue health careers, thereby addressing three prominent issues in the community:

   1)    A lack of access  to health information;

   2)    The high percentage of youth engaging in risky health behaviors; and

   3)    The lack of minorities in the health profession.

Again, thank you so much for helping these youth succeed in changing their community!

Best wishes during this holiday season,

Nicole" 

 
   

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