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MEET TAJI -  YOUTH SPOTLIGHT
Taji came to LAYC/MMYC's office in Langley Park when he was 17 years old, hoping to enroll in our GED/Workforce Development program. A few weeks into the program, LAYC staff realized that Taji was struggling with homelessness, a challenge many of our youth face. Taji was immediately referred to our Host Homes Program, where staff assisted him to meet his basic needs. 
JOIN TEAM LAYC FOR THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON OR 10K BY AUGUST 30TH!


Run with Team LAYC at this year's Marine Corps Marathon or MCM 10K races! By joining Team LAYC, you will raise funds and awareness for Latin American Youth Center programs that help at-risk, vulnerable youth make a successful transition to adulthood. Register by August 30th!


FEATURES

 
2nd Nature Program participants on museum visits
Summer in the City

LAYC's summer program is as diverse as LAYC itself - with programs for youth ages 12-24 focused on everything from cooking, art, sports, environmental issues, career exposure, and support for the transitions to high school and college.


 
Shaniya Williams and Former First Lady Michelle Obama
A Hug from Michele Obama - How Great Is That?

Shaniya Williams, who worked as a summer intern in LAYC's Health Promotion program through our partnership with Urban Alliance, got the opportunity to meet former First Lady Michelle Obama earlier this month.


 
Comics Without Borders will be published by Shout Mouse Press early next year and is available for pre-order.
Youth Writers Team up with Shout Mouse to Tell Their Stories

LAYC's Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC) is group of Latinx youth dedicated to increasing social justice in their community. The group worked this summer on personal stories for a graphic memoir collection, with the goal of changing the narrative about America's immigrants. 

 
Graduate Jeffrey Meji earning his GED through LAYC's Workforce Investment for Successful Employment program.
Celebrating Youth Who Earned Their GED Diplomas This Summer

On July 27, LAYC and LAYC's Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) celebrated 40 youth in the District, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County as they received their GEDs. This was truly joyous occasion not only for the youth who got their diplomas, but for their families and their teachers.

 
Youth from the Roadmap to Graduation program visiting the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
And Those Who Are on Their Way

The Roadmap to Graduation program, funded by the New York Life Foundation, provides academic assistance and enrichment to 50 rising 9th graders in Prince George's county each year. Program participants are followed through high school to ensure they graduate on time.

 
A Letter from Summer Camp

Dear LAYC family,
Thank you for allowing me to share in these great weeks of camping with all of you. I am very grateful because you welcomed me, helped me, and guided me in the ways of this new country and this new life. I will not forget all the moments shared with each one of you. You are like a family to me. Thank you for everything, I love you.
                                                                    Carlos
CALENDAR
  • Aug. 31: DREAMER Committee Happy Hour Fundraising
  • Sept. 21: Food Bank Distribution
  • Oct. 4: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
     
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