Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
The Latin American Youth Center's (LAYC) mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths social, academic, and career needs.
For 45 years, LAYC has been committed to transforming the lives of low-income young people and their families. LAYC offers multi-service, comprehensive, and bilingual enrichment, prevention, and intervention programs and opportunities in education, workforce readiness, housing, community building, mental health services, arts, and healthy recreation to over 4,000 individuals each year.
LAYC has special expertise in serving underserved youth, low-income teen parents, homeless youth, youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems, and youth facing mental health, substance abuse, or complex family issues.
While LAYC initially worked with Latino youth of diverse backgrounds, today all youth are supported by LAYC at sites in the District of Columbia and Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.
Center for Community Engagement & Service at American University
As an institution, AU is committed to advancing social justice and civic responsibility, and is at the front lines of that effort. At the Center for Community Engagement & Service – or CCES – AU help guide its student community into the world to serve. From projects around DC to trips abroad, AU stands dedicated to improving lives in our global community.
CCES supports any member of the AU family trying to become engaged in social issues. Alternative Breaks offer domestic and international field experience to students and staff, while AU's DC Reads program allows students to improve literacy in Washington, DC. AU's Freshman Service Experience pairs hundreds of in-coming students with DC’s many nonprofit organizations, connecting these students – through service – with their new home and the issues facing it. Each year, over 3000 AU undergraduate students volunteer.