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The LAYC Career Academy is a public charter school that offers students college credits and career training free of charge. We fund the school budget through the generosity of individuals, foundations, government and organizations that feel passionately about our mission.

Your gift helps our students...

Overcome Obstacles: 28% of our students are young parents, 15% are homeless or in foster care, and more than 90% qualify for free school lunch. Our students need extra support to do things like find a home or identify childcare so that they can focus on their studies and graduate.

Prepare for and start college: Our average student enters the school with a 5th grade reading level and leaves with six college credits. Our students need talented teachers, small classes, one-on-one tutoring, and access to technology to make this dramatic leap.

Training for a strong career: Students leave our school and start careers in the fast-growing fields of Information Technology and Healthcare with annual starting salaries of $30,000 to $70,000. We need state of the art technology and talented IT and Healthcare teaching professionals to help our students start their professional careers.

Your support of....

$2,400 can help one student receive comprehensive student support for an entire year.

Each LAYC Career Academy scholar is assigned to a Student Support Specialist (S3) who is with that student from the first day of school through one year after graduation. S3s help students find safe housing and quality childcare, overcome challenges with family responsibilities, and pay for transportation costs so that they can focus on their professional and academic dreams

$1,100 pays for Medical Assistant instruction for one student for one trimester.

Students can elect to become a Medical Assistant at the LAYC Career Academy and, with continued education, become nurses, doctors or administrators. We need medical and lab equipment, internship stipends, textbooks and a talented staff to prepare our students for this field.

$650 helps one student pay for transportation to and from school for an entire trimester.

Many of our students take multiple buses and trains to get to school and drop their children off at daycare. This can cost more than $10 per day, which is much more than they can afford. Your transportation donation makes it possible for students to get to school each day.

$109 helps one student receive his or her first IT certification exam, the IC3 exam.

IT is one of the fastest growing fields in the metro area, and we are preparing students for these jobs. However, we need computers, internship stipends, testing fees, and a talented staff to make this happen.

Donate Online(Credit or Debit Card)

Online donations are quick, easy and secure. LAYC Career Academy’s online donations are managed through Network For Good’s safe and secure giving system.

Gifts by Check

Check should be made payable to "LAYC Career Academy". Please send the check to: Development Office, Latin American Youth Center, 1419 Columbia Road, NW Washington, DC 20009.

In Kind Gifts

  • Laptops (goal: at least 50 additional)
  • -Pentium 4 - Windows 7 or newer, with: • RAM — DDR/DDR2/DDR3 • Hard Disks — 20GB or larger, SATA • CD-RW and DVD-RW optical drives
  • School supplies -- any general office supplies- pens, pencils, highlighters, dry erase markers, erasers, paper, staplers, 3 hole punches, etc.
  • Pants for uniforms. Tan, brown, navy, black khaki pants are needed in all men’s and women’s adult sizes. School supplies -- any general office supplies- pens, pencils, highlighters, dry erase markers, erasers, paper, staplers, 3 hole punches, etc.
  • Books. Any books would be helpful. We need fiction for studying text features and non-fiction for general student reading. We need ALL reading levels- childhood through adult.
  • Professional Clothes and shoes – all adult sizes. Especially pants.
  • Plastic clothes hangers
  • Projectors (less than three years old and in good condition)
  • Fax machine (less than three years old and in good condition)
  • Smartboards
  • Copy machine (less than three years old and in good condition)
  • Scanners (less than three years old and in good condition)
  • Photo Printer (less than three years old and in good condition)
  • Legos
  • Board games
  • Playing cards

If you are interested in learning more about how to donate items, please contact Jeremy Vera, Operations Manager, at (202) 319-2228 x 224 or jeremy@laycca.org. Donations of any size are appreciated and welcomed!

Volunteer Opportunities

LAYC Career Academy is in need of tutors to work one-on-one with students during classes and after school 9AM-4:00PM Monday through Friday. Students need help with English Language Arts, Math, Social Students and English as a Second Language for grade levels 1-11. Interested in tutoring? Contact Karen Kassekert, Director of Academics at karen@laycc.org.
The LAYCCA PCS is open to any resident of the District of Columbia between the ages of 16 and 24. LAYC Career Academy PCS prohibits discrimination on the basis of a student’s race, color, religion, national origin, language spoken, intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or status as a student with special needs.