Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)

The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) has been serving the DC community for more than 45 years. It was first created in 1968 to help provide resources for the Spanish immigrant youths migrating from Central and South America. As the demographics of DC’s neighborhoods have changed, LAYC has broadened its mission to serve a more diverse minority population. The LAYC offers a variety of services and programs for youth ranging from GED and credential classes to an employment placement program.

Last year, LAYC continued its work with the opening of a new adult education charter school, LAYC Career Academy. The LAYC Career Academy caters to youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are looking to receive a GED and career preparation in either the healthcare or information technology. The Career Academy makes sure that every graduate is equipped with the tools and skills to start a career.

LAYC has been an instrumental partner with both the Disconnected Youth Change Network and Youth Employment Change Network of Raise DC. LAYC’s vast reach and involvement with the District’s youth makes them an invaluable contributor to the change network’s community projects.