Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) invites you to celebrate 51 years of service to the area's youth at our 51st Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, May 8, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Over 500 individuals -- business and nonprofit leaders, public officials, educators, youth, and LAYC supporters and friends – will come together to celebrate the dreams our youth have and the promise they hold as future leaders.

This year's honorees are the
Volkswagen Group of America logo
for supporting LAYC through their commitment to volunteerism and financial support and

The Annie E. Casey Foundation logo

for their groundbreaking work to amplify the voices of young people.

About LAYC

Our mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multicultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs.

Since our 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 5,500 young people 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).

We believe in a future where all youth pursue their dreams, reach their goals, and acquire the skills and self-confidence to live a life of purpose, connection, contribution, and joy.‚Äč

For more information about LAYC, please visit our website at


Mobile Bidding
This year bidding on our silent auction items will be easier than ever! We'll be using mobile bidding -- a paperless way to enter your bids using your cell phone or other mobile device and know the status of all the items you're interested in. Don't have a smartphone? No worries -- we'll have bidding assistants available to help you. Mobile bidding will also help the check-out process go smoothly and quickly.

Gala Schedule

5:00 PM Capital One® Registration
5:30 PM Capital One® Reception
6:00 PM General Registration, LAYC Reception, Silent Auction
7:00 PM Live Auction, Dinner, Program
9:00 PM After-Party
Dress Festive | Valet Parking Available