Latin American Youth Center, Inc. Overview
Programs: LAYC is an innovative non-profit that has founded three public charter schools; fostered social entrepreneural ventures; and created unique and valued partnerships among community based organizations, corporations, and family foundations. What started as a small voluntary single service site has evolved into a year-round, nationally recognized, multi-service youth and family development center with a 30 + -year history of unparalleled service. Most recently, LAYC began replicating its successful model in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland. LAYC remains grounded in its commitment to youth development, defined as guiding youth through a process of holistic self-growth through the provision of services, supports and opportunities to create a safe, culturally sensitive, fun and goal-oriented learning community. A volunteer Board of Directors, including youth and alumni, governs LAYC, which is organized into five program clusters: Educational Enhancement; Social Services; Workforce Investment and Social Enterprises (WISE); Art & Media; and Advocacy & Public Policy. LAYC operates six days a week, except for residential programs, which operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
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