Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)

LAYC’s mission – to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multicultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address social, academic, and career needs – now incorporates lessons learned from almost two years of operating during a pandemic.

Community support has enabled us to create a path forward, boosted our morale, and encouraged us to push on.

Academics

When youth enroll in LAYC’s educational programs, they can look forward to an enriching experience with an emphasis on academics, leadership development, and social-skill building. Our programs focus...
  • 1419 Columbia Rd NW Washington DC 20009
Service Category: Education
Service Eligibility: Latinx Youth (6-12)

Arts and Recreation

LAYC is proud to offer a rich program of arts and recreation for youth in a safe and drug and alcohol-free environment. LAYC’s DC Teen Center is home to our DC arts and recreation programs. It is the...
  • 1419 Columbia Rd NW Washington DC 20009
Service Eligibility: Latinx Youth (6-12)

Behavioral Services for Homeless Youth

LAYC is excited to bring the Behavioral Services for Homeless Youth Program (BHHY) to D.C. as a way to end youth homelessness and improve overall health and wellbeing. BHHY is a federally-funded prog...
  • 1419 Columbia Rd NW Washington DC 20009

DC Prevention Center Wards 1-2

LAYC’s hosts the DC Prevention Center Wards 1 & 2 (DCPC), an initiative of the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), serving as a dynamic hub that engages, supports, and helps connect the many com...
  • 1419 Columbia Rd NW Washington DC 20009
Service Category: Care Education
Service Eligibility: Latinx

Family-based Housing

SHORT-TERM (UP TO 3 WEEKS) 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. Our short-ter...
202-300-9202   (Voice)
  • 3045 15th Street, NW Washington DC 20009
Service Eligibility: Latinx Families Race/Ethnicity Household

Food and Nutrition Program

LAYC’s Food & Nutrition Program is an opportunity for youth to get their hands dirty in the kitchen and the garden. In our Teen Center kitchen, youth hone their cooking skills, trying new foods, lear...
  • 1419 Columbia Rd NW Washington DC 20009
Service Category: Food
Service Eligibility: Health Conditions Latinx

Foster Care

LAYC’s Foster Care program places some of the District’s most vulnerable youth in a safe and loving home. Some children in the Washington, DC area are removed from their home out of necessity for the...
  • 3045 15th Street, NW Washington DC 20009
Service Category: Care
Service Eligibility: Latinx Families

Mental Health Treatment

LAYC’s Behavioral Health Treatment Team uses various approaches. This includes the Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), including medication management, and other rehabilitation servi...
  • 1419 Columbia Rd NW Washington DC 20009
Service Eligibility: Health Conditions Latinx

Safe Housing Drop-in Center

Youth looking for shelter can drop in to be connected to the appropriate housing program or emergency for their specific needs. Our friendly, bilingual staff provide ongoing assessment and case manag...
  • 3045 15th Street, NW Washington DC 20009
Service Category: Housing
Service Eligibility: Latinx Youth (6-12)

Sexual Health - Latin American Youth Center

COUNSELING, TREATMENT, REFERRAL AND LINKAGE Counseling, Treatment, Referral, LinkageThe Counseling, Treatment, Referral and Linkage (CTRL) program provides testing for HIV, STI, and pregnancy, risk r...
202-319-2252   (Voice)
  • 1419 Columbia Rd NW Washington DC 20009
Service Category: Sex Education Education
Service Eligibility: Latinx Race/Ethnicity
LAYC - DC Safe Drop-in Center
3045 15th Street, NW Washington DC 20009
LAYC - Washington DC Center
1419 Columbia Rd NW Washington DC 20009