Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)


Case Management
~The Promoter Pathway program is a “long-term client management intervention model for disconnected and disengaged youth facing multiple obstacles that prevent them from accessing resources and achieving educational, employment, and healthy living goals.”
~Case managers work one on one with youth to help them remove barriers and connect them to other resources in the community.
~They “serve youth ages 14 to 24 with a multiplicity of challenges, such as lack of education, homelessness, trauma, substance abuse, and court involvement.”
~ “If you would like to learn more about the Promotor Pathway in the Washington Metro area, please contact Shayna Scholnick, Promotor Pathway Director at [email protected]

~Pre-high school services: They “offer homework assistance and academic tutoring to improve students’ academic performance as well as enrichment opportunities that aid in students’ personal and social development.”
~Locations in D.C.: Bancroft Elementary School, Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus, Powell Bilingual Elementary School, Sacred Heart Bilingual Catholic School, and Takoma Education Campus.
~For more information, contact Kynai Johnson, Director of Education & Workforce, at [email protected] or (202) 276-2729.
~After school services: The program “offers out-of-school time tutoring and enrichment at partner schools. We help improve students’ academic performance by providing
homework assistance and academic tutoring. We also offer enrichment activities such as computer programming and rebuilding, performing arts, character development, and health and fitness.”
~Locations in D.C.: Powell Elementary School, Sacred Heart School, Cardozo Education Campus, Raymond Education Campus, Roosevelt Senior High School, and Woodrow Wilson High School in the District of Columbia.
~For more information, contact Kynai Johnson, Director of Education & Workforce, at [email protected] or (202) 276-2729.
~Americorps Academic Mentor Program: “AmeriCorps members provide students with in-school support such as help with homework, life skills workshops, and enrichment activities. Members also host numerous events to foster relationships among LAYC staff, youth, and parents including parent orientations, field trips, and special school events.”
~Locations in D.C.: Powell Elementary School, Sacred Heart School, Cardozo Education Campus, and Raymond Education Campus
~Locations in Riverdale, MD: Buck Lodge and William Wirt Middle Schools.
~D.C. contact: Cynthia Macnamara, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, [email protected](240) 342-6478.
~MD contact: Joshua Kennedy, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, [email protected], (301) 779-2851 x 325.
~ “LAYC’s College Access and Retention programs help high school students prepare for college and succeed once enrolled:
~~Bard College at LAYC is a nine-month program in the humanities. Course graduates receive up to six college credits from Bard College in New York.
~~Post-Secondary Success Program helps college students stay in school, thrive while they are there, and graduate. Participants receive a $1,500 scholarship.
~~New Futures Scholarships support short-term, post-secondary education for low-income DC-area youth. As community partner, LAYC nominates youth for the scholarship, and mentors, supports, and monitors scholars throughout their post-secondary education.”

~ “LAYC’s Art and Media programs operate three days per week to develop the creative abilities of young people.”
~They have a “dedicated space for arts and media programming includes an art studio, a Macintosh media lab, and a recording studio. Interested youth can also cultivate their skills in digital media—radio, photography, music/poetry and design; and art—drawing, painting, mixed media, and murals.”
~ Current classes include Music Production, Audio Production, Poetry, Photography, Guitar, Comic Book Club, and Jewelry-making.
~Eligibility: participants must attend school or a GED program on a regular basis, must adhere to LAYC guidelines, and must be between the ages of 11-21 years old
~During the school year, the activities are offered after school Monday through Friday 3:30-6:30 p.m. During the summer, the Teen Center is host to a daily youth employment program and recreational hours.
~You may also be interested in the DC Teen Center.
~ Located at 1419 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
~For more information, contact Marie Moll Amego, Program Manager, at [email protected] or (202) 319-2280.

Employment Assistance
~ “LAYC’s job readiness programs focus on the work skills and living wage needs of low-income, multicultural youth who are not in school or employed. Our programs provide critical opportunities to develop job skills, get job training and certifications, and access internship and employment opportunities. LAYC offers job-readiness programs at all of our sites. Most programs are self-paced and some offer advanced GED education.”
~ In conjunction with the Montgomery County Conservation Corps, the “LAYC offers job training in green infrastructure and conservation to residents of Montgomery County and the District of Columbia. The programs provide field experience and classroom instruction and may include job readiness training, certifications, and career development opportunities.”
~~Participants “attend GED classes three days per week and conduct work in the county and state parks two days per week.”
~~Additional services: One-on-one tutoring and career development sessions, Group life skills and job readiness training workshops, Weekly project planning and safety workshops, and Presentations by field experts on topics such as environmentalism and entrepreneurship.
~~Location in Montgomery County, MD: 8700 Georgia Avenue, Suite 500, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.
~~For eligibility requirements and to learn more, contact Rickey Robinson, Case Manager, [email protected] or (301) 495-0441 ext. 240.
~The River Corps offers residents of D.C. who are ages 18-24 classroom and field-based experiences to train them for environmental jobs.
~~Participant activities include: Photo-monitoring of District of Columbia streams, Invasive species management, Litter abatement, and Inspection and maintenance of RiverSmart homes and other bio-retention and low-impact development sites.
~~Additional services: Job readiness training, Career and life goal development and case management, and Career exploration via presentations and dialogue with local green infrastructure professionals
~~Participants gain certifications in the following areas: CPR and first aid, OSHA 10-hour construction and safety training, and Pesticide applicator
~~Classroom activities are held at 1419 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009, and field work occurs in proximity to six streams east of the Anacostia River and six in Rock Creek.
~~For more information and to apply, please contact Faith McNeill, Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or (202) 427-8018.
~The LAYC also offers a workforce training program in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, MD:
~~The Montgomery County Workforce Programs offer job readiness training, GED, and career exploration services to out-of-school, disconnected youth who are not in school or engaged in employment.
~~Our Prince George’s County Workforce Program offer job skills and life skills training, paid internships, job placement services, GED preparation, one-on-one tutoring, case management, and support services for out-of-school youth ages 16-24.

~Youth looking for shelter can drop in to be connected to the appropriate housing program or emergency for their specific needs.
~The Drop-In Center is equipped with shower, laundry, and kitchen facilities, computers for youth use, private meeting rooms, day lockers, and resting rooms.
~More information and pictures of the center are available in the Youth Corner.
~Location: 3045 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
~Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
~Contact: (202) 768-7801
~ “LAYC offers its family-based or host home model for youth with short-term housing needs and youth who could benefit from long-term placement with a family. The short-term program (up to 21 days) provides emergency shelter to homeless and runaway youth, ages 12-17. The long-term program helps older homeless youth, 18-21, transition to adulthood in a loving home. Once a youth is placed in the home of a certified family, the program provides supportive services to the youth, the host family, and the youth’s biological family.”
~Eligibility: The participant must be 12-17 years old for short-term placement; 18-21 for long-term placement, must be homeless or a runaway, cannot be actively using drugs (If so, youth must be actively participating or willing to participate in a treatment program), must not be considered a danger to self or others, and must be willing to comply with the objectives agreed upon in his/her treatment plan.
~D.C. contact: Janeth Chorlango, Program Manager, [email protected](202) 400-5194.
~MD contact: Melissa Barney Montoya, Case Manager, [email protected], (301) 431-3121.
~ “LAYC’s Transitional Living programs provide housing to homeless or unstably housed youth between the ages of 18 and 21 for up to 18 months. Youth live in furnished apartments with or without a roommate. Program staff are on-call 24/7 and are stationed in the apartment buildings during the day.”
~ For more information, Contact them or come by their Outreach and Intake Center to learn more:
~Safe Housing Office location: 3045 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
~Contact Elaine Harrington, Program Manager,at  [email protected] or (202) 695-1278.
~For information about transitional living programs for young families, visit the Young Families page. For information about short-term, emergency housing, visit the Family-Based Housing page.

Mental Health Services
~LAYC’s Behavioral Health Treatment Team provides mental health services to youth between the ages of 12 and 21 who are residents of the District of Columbia and are experiencing emotional, psychological, or behavioral problems.
~Services include: Assessment, Individual, group, and family counseling, Community Based Intervention, Crisis intervention, Psychiatric evaluations and medication management, Community support, and Referrals.
~Location:1419 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
~Contact: Monica Morales, Program Coordinator, [email protected], (202) 319-2229

Substance Abuse Rehabilitation
~They offer “counseling services to youth ages 12-21 years old who are using alcohol and/or other drugs, engaging in high-risk behavior such as drug use and delinquent activities, and/or have parents that abuse drugs.”
~Services include: Bilingual services (English/Spanish), Individual, group and family counseling, Crisis intervention, Case management and referrals, HIV/AIDS Education, Alcohol/Drug education, Anger management, Acculturation, Violence prevention, Introduction to AA/NA groups, and Referral to other in-house programs and/or external organizations.
~Location: 1419 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
~Contact: Monica Morales, Program Coordinator, [email protected], (202) 319-2229

1419 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-2225

Hours: 8:00 am-7:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 am-8:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday

Last updated: 08.13.19

Region |Columbia Heights|Northwest|Ward 1|Washington DC

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