Sep 8, 2020

We reached our project goal & you have changed lives!


Thanks to hundreds of generous donors, we have reached our $20,000 project goal for helping DC youth exit homelessness!
I am truly humbled by the support from our global community.

While $20,000 may seem like an inconsequential amount when compared to the enormity of the homelessness issue present in the District of Columbia, every dollar received from GlobalGiving has paid dividends through the expansive results and lasting changes that they help to affect in the lives of the youth we serve. To provide a more concrete sense of the impact GlobalGiving and hundreds of donors throughout the world have had on homeless youth in our community, I would like to share a little information about the reach of LAYC’s safe housing services and the tangible effects these services in these youths' lives.

I would like to highlight three youth who just recently exited LAYC housing programs. Each of these young people came to us at a time when they were living on the streets and needing a support system.

John: By the time he left our program in January, he had graduated from college, was employed with a local government agency, and was able to save $8,000 to to help him on his path to self-sufficiency.  He eventually moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently resides.  

Peter: By the time he left our program, he had graduated from a culinary program, was employed, and had saved $2,810. He currently lives independently in his own apartment. 

Mary: By the time she exited the program, she was employed and was able to save $8,000. She is currently living self-sufficiently.  

Quantitatively, the number of youth served by our programs is no less impressive:

Since 2012, we have served 1,675 unique youth through LAYC's Drop-In Center and Street Outreach programs. During that time, we have provided safe housing to 415 unique youth. Currently, LAYC is providing safe housing to 79 individuals and has reached 324 youth through the Drop-In Center and Street Outreach programs. Of the youth exiting LAYC's residential housing programs, 98% exit to safe and stable housing, and 85% exit to permanent housing.

The impact of your financial support of our youth is great. With guidance from LAYC staff and access to resources, our youth are able to thrive and set a new path forward for themselves that provides hope for their future. Thank you to every donor who has contributed to this campaign!

Financial support from our community is more important than ever as this global crisis continues and further challenges the availability of essential safety net services for our communities of color. Please consider supporting Latin American Youth Center’s many youth programs through our “Together for Hope - COVID-19 Response for Youth” campaign here on GlobalGiving.

With gratitude,

Lupi Quinteros-Grady

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Jul 14, 2020

Closing the education gap for our future leaders

Miner, 2020 graduate
Miner, 2020 graduate

As LAYC families continue to navigate challenges stemming from the ongoing pandemic, they are also thinking now about how they will ensure their school-age family members will be prepared for the upcoming school year, whether students will be attending school in person or virtually. This includes elementary through high school students, as well as GED and college students.

Job loss for primary income earners in many households will make it even more difficult to purchase essential school supplies to enable children to keep up with learning in the coming year. So many families are currently unable to afford rent and food, let alone the additional cost of a backpack containing basic school supplies. As schools implement distance learning this year, each student is in need of access to a laptop and internet, which is creating further barriers to learning and more financial stress.

With your help, LAYC staff can provide backpacks, school supplies, essential technology, and wraparound support so that young people can complete their schoolwork and avoid falling behind in their education.

2020 Graduate Highlight:

Before Miner heard about LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® from an existing participant, he was thinking of dropping out of high school, discouraged by a lack of support and mentoring during his education. After he joined the Promotor Pathway, staff helped Miner obtain his driving license, provided informal counseling and access to resources whenever he needed it, and helped him build his self-esteem and improve his communication skills with his parents, to better address educational and personal challenges as they arise. Prior to joining the Pathway, Miner was not interested in continuing his education after high school but he is now graduated, applying for college, and seeking support through the New Futures Scholarship program!  

Your support provides hope and opportunity to thousands of youth like Miner in DC and Maryland each year.

With my heartfelt thanks,

Lupi Quinteros-Grady
President & CEO 

LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® is a long-term client management intervention model for disconnected and disengaged youth facing multiple obstacles that prevent them from accessing resources and achieving educational, employment, and healthy living goals. This evidence based model allows Promotores to work on a one-on-one basis with each youth to remove barriers, proactively encourage participation in a broad set of LAYC services, and connect them to other needed resources within the community so they may make a successful transition to adulthood.
2020 graduate
2020 graduate
Laptop distribution
Laptop distribution

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May 5, 2020

Come Together for Hope - #GivingTuesdayNow

Michelle
Michelle

LAYC is committed to supporting our youth and families during this pandemic by providing grocery deliveries, hot meal distribution, connecting youth to telemental counseling services, and distributing Chromebooks for distance learning. Virtual programs are being offered to engage youth across all of our programs and reduce their isolation by fostering a sense of community.

We are also participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving responding to the needs caused by COVID-19. 

As I describe in this video, the pandemic has dealt a tremendous blow to our youth and their path to success. For example, Michelle was ready to leave LAYC’s independent living housing program in March. She had graduated school, secured a job, and was securing her first apartment. She had built a solid support system and, for the first time, genuinely felt that she was actually going to make it. Then COVID-19 arrived and disrupted her goal to live in her own apartment.

This crisis has set youth like Michelle back months, if not years, in achieving multiple goals.
In just two months, the unemployment rate among our youth has increased to 62%; in-person education has been disrupted, and youth are further isolated due to social distancing. Our youth and families urgently need food, rental assistance, laptops and communication equipment, mental health support, and other critical resources. You can read more here about the needs of homeless and foster care youth, and how LAYC staff are responding to those needs. 

Youth who were on track to reach their goals have been brought back to a time of instability. Once the immediate crisis has passed, these youth will have a long road of rebuilding, which will require intensive support and time to heal.

On this Giving Tuesday, I hope you will join us in rallying "Together for Hope" to keep our youth and families connected and protected.

Your gift will provide these youth with the support, hope, and encouragement that will enable them to heal and rebuild. 

WIth my deepest gratitude,

Lupi Quinteros-Grady
President & CEO

Continued support for LAYC youth and families
Continued support for LAYC youth and families
 
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