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In Honor of Black History Month 


LAYC opened its doors in 1968 in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, DC.  In the late 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and Cesar Chavez led the national boycott of California table grape growers. It was the height of the civil rights movement for all oppressed people of color. 

Our neighborhood was undergoing a movement of its own. From the 1940s to 1960s Columbia Heights and nearby Shaw, Mt. Pleasant, Adams Morgan, and Cardozo neighborhoods had been predominately African American. A wave of immigrants from Central America had settled in the area, and so the needs of the community evolved. The emerging Latino community, and specifically the youth, needed a welcoming space to learn English, gain vocational skills, and receive the support they needed as they began their new lives in the District of Columbia.

Today, Columbia Heights reflects the rich diversity of its history and so does LAYC. While February is Black History Month, we work year-round to celebrate and address the needs of all youth, Black and Latino. I am proud that the Center serves as a safe place for all youth as we continue to confront the many challenges that Dr. King's efforts sought to address.   


Dr. King's message represented the struggles of all people of color. LAYC will continue to value Dr. King's dream that all children and youth will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  


LAYC is proud to recognize Black History Month and our commitment to help all young people reach their goals.





Lori M. Kaplan

 President & CEO



Spotlight Corner
Upcoming Events
Let's Get It Started Youth Job Fair
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD
Post-Secondary Education Fair
Friday, March 27, 2- 6 p.m.
Latin American Youth Center
1419 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC
Gala 2015: Youth Health & Wellness
Thursday, May 7
Washington Hilton Hotel
1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC
New and Noteworthy
LAYC Joins Rock Creek Park in 125th Anniversary, Proud to be a Partner | DCist.com


LAYC Silver Spring, Maryland Staff Co-Host Regional Summit in Support of Unaccompanied Minors | holaciudad.com

LAYC's Riverdale, Maryland Site Celebrates MLK Day of Service | Gazette.Net


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