In line with the mission of our Center for Race, Equity, Justice and Inclusion, during National Hispanic Heritage Month we are proud to highlight a prominent organization that focuses their mission on justice, inclusion, and equity for Hispanic communities today.

The Latin American Youth Center

A Center member since 2019, LAYC's 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.

Since their founding in the late 1960s, LAYC has grown from a small grassroots recreation center into a nationally recognized agency serving all low-income youth. Each year LAYC serves over 4,000 youth and families through youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools in the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties as the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC).

In June 2018, Mirna (Lupi) Quinteros-Grady stepped into the role of president & chief executive officer of Latin American Youth Center. Over her four years as president & CEO at LAYC, she has transformed LAYC operations and directed staff through an unprecedented global health crisis; leading LAYC to provide culturally-relevant and linguistically-inclusive services where many other organizations could not.