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Our 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. We provide individualized tutoring and homework assistance, S.T.E.M. activities, character and team building workshops, as well as cultural exploration. LAYC strives to address many of the barriers to success low-income youth face.

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Providing K-6th grade youth in Jubilee housing and community with out of school time educational programming, tutoring, and mentoring. The program is divided into two sections: Early Start for our students grade K-3rd and Activity Zone for students grades 4th-6th. Our goals are to improve outcomes in the following areas: academics, health and wellness, community service, belonging, community building, and socio-economic growth.


Reading Partners empowers students to succeed by providing one-on-one community tutors. Tutors will be matched with students at their selected school and follow our easy to use, scripted curriculum to support students in developing literacy skills: Helping tens of thousands of children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. AU-DC Reads supports Raising a Village with AU student education advocates/tutors.

Reading Partners

Life Pieces to Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership , unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to activate their innate creative abilities and change life challenges into possibilities. Life Pieces to Masterpieces also focuses on producing academic support through mentoring and tutoring DC Youth.

Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Higher Achievement steps in to give public school youth supplemental academic support in communities that lack resources to start all students on equal footing. Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college bound scholars with characters, confidence, and skills to succeed.

Higher Achievement

College Access is a partnership between LAYC and Coolidge Senior High School's Early College Academy to support college retention and completion through mentorship. Our approach to mentorship and college access is supported by research that links positive relationships with adults to higher levels of positive academic adjustment, including attitudes, motivation, attendance, and achievement. 

College Access and Retention — Latin American Youth Center