Monthly Youth Beat                                      February 2017

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Mahdi traveled to the United States with his sister from Afghanistan at 16 years of age through a refugee program for minors, and he faced many challenges that shaped his values and character. After arriving to the United States, Mahdi and his sister lived with foster parents in Maryland...At the age of 18, Mahdi joined LAYC...Through hard work, persistence, and dedication Mahdi was able to pass all four parts of the GED this past December, and he is currently attending Montgomery College as a part-time student.

Sponsorship Opportunities
LAYC's Gala is our premier special event. Proceeds support high-quality, multilingual, culturally sensitive programs that prepare young people to succeed in college, work, and life. We welcome sponsors from business, research, policy, philanthropic and civic organizations, as well as from private individuals.


The LAYC Dance-a-Thon is a dance and performance event to raise funds for LAYC's programs and services. Groove to classic group line dances, top 40 of all eras, bachata, salsa, and more, while enjoying live performances for a great cause.

Register to dance for one of several great projects led by our staff teams and start your own fundraising page. 


      Promotor Rhythm Squad                Limbo with Lori              Happy Feet for Homeless Youth

"We Persisted" T-shirt Fundraiser

Wear our united resistance on your chest when you purchase a t-shirt with LAYC's take on the slogan of the moment. 

We were warned
We were given an explanation
We persisted

T-shirts sales end February 22. Get yours today and support LAYC's critical youth development programs for youth of all backgrounds in the Washington region. 

Don't Get the Love Bug Health Fair & Dance

LAYC's Teen Health Promoters hosted their annual Valentine's Day event, the Don't Get the Love Bug Health Fair with with health resources, free HIV & STI testing, vital sign checks, and lots of great information from LAYC programs and our partners at SMYAL, Break the Cycle, and Drug Free Youth DC. Youth also added their hopes and dreams to our  

Staff Spotlight: Toan Le, Learning & Evaluation Specialist

We in the Learning and Evaluation Department are fortunate to have Toan as an integral part of the team and value his support and contributions. We admire his patience, commitment to excellence, and passion for social justice.

  • February 16: Food Bank Distribution
  • Febraury 15: Unaccompanied But Not Alone: Community Engagement Series
  • February 22: Become a Foster or Host Family Information Session
  • February 24: Black History Month Celebration
  • March 4: Dance-a-Thon
  • May 4: Gala

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