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Latin American Youth Center Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers. Our Mission. The LAYC Family of Organizations is a network of youth centers, schools, and social enterprises with a shared commitment to help youth become successful and happy young adults. What We Provide.

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Latin american youth center maryland multicultural youth centers

Latin American Youth CenterMaryland Multicultural Youth Centers


Our mission
Our Mission

The LAYC Family of Organizations is a network of youth centers, schools, and social enterprises with a shared commitment to help youth become successful and happy young adults.

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What we provide
What We Provide

  • Health and Wellness

    housing, mental health counseling, substance use prevention and treatment, violence prevention

  • Educational Support

    in-school tutoring, homework assistance, college preparation, health education, charter schools, GED preparation

  • Workforce Readiness

    job skills, work specific literacy and math training, job placement

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Layc 2008 demographic data and outputs
LAYC 2008 Demographic Data and Outputs

  • LAYC served 3,517 individuals (unduplicated count) during FY08:

    • 86 percent were 10 to 24 years old.

    • 62 percent were Latino/a, 31 percent were African American

    • 31 percent were Montgomery or Prince George’s County residents

    • LAYC served 2,382 DC residents, including residents from all 8 wards

    • 45 percent of individuals served were born outside the United States

    • 50 percent of individuals served spoke a language other than English as their primary language

  • LAYC provided 13,774 hours of tutoring, homework assistance, and other academic support to participants during FY08.

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Layc 2008 outcomes
LAYC 2008 Outcomes

  • 63 individuals received their GED after completing LAYC GED preparation programs.

  • LAYC trained and placed 196 individuals in jobs during FY08, with an average starting wage of $8.74. An additional 43 individuals were placed in internships.

  • LAYC provided short-term, foster care, and long-term residential housing to 94 participants, and provided training to 36 potential new foster parents.

  • LAYC worked with 33 participants who completed college preparation work and enrolled in post-secondary institutions. An additional 27 participants entered vocational training programs.

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Powell elementary school data
Powell Elementary School Data

  • Obtained Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) data from principal at Powell for 2007-2008 academic year

  • Used data to compare how LAYC participants were performing compared to the rest of the school

  • Analysis focused on how individual students improved their BAS scores over the year

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Powell es outcomes math
Powell ES Outcomes - Math

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Powell es outcomes reading
Powell ES Outcomes - Reading

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Powell analysis summary
Powell Analysis Summary

  • In math, LAYC participants made significant improvements in their BAS scores during the school year – outperforming and in some cases catching the performance of their non-LAYC peers

  • In reading, LAYC participants showed slight increases in BAS scored during the school year – however, their non-LAYC peers’ scores DECREASED during the same time

  • LAYC’s success at Powell was even greater with Latinos and the ELL/NEP/LEP/ESL populations

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Layc mmyc theory of change

Target youth:

Low income

11-24 y.o. living

in areas with large

Latino populations

in MD and DC

Youth complete

intake and screening

to assess needs

LAYC Services

Education

Employment

STAR Skills

Arts

Mental Health

Substance Abuse

Housing

Community Resources

Parental Involvement

Advocacy efforts

Raising public awareness

Participating in the public policy process

Improve the application / enforcement of existing laws

Obtain access to institutions, decision-makers, and resources

Advocacy outcomes

Creating positive change in conditions,

policies, and laws that affect youth

in our communities, thereby raising the

standard of living for them and their families

“LAYC/MMYC Theory of Change”

Mission

Help youth become

Successful and

Happy young adults

Youth with highest

risks and needs

Youth with lower

risks and needs

Outcomes

Increased

Academic

Success

Increased

Employment

Success

Improved

healthy

behaviors

Track effectiveness

of services

Ongoing assessment

of youth progress

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Who are the promotores
Who are the Promotores?

  • Promotores are adults who work intentionally and deliberately to build relationships designed to transform a young person’s life.

  • LAYC/MMYC Promotores link youth to services that enable them to succeed academically, obtain long-term employment, and to live healthy and productive lives.

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Latin american youth center maryland multicultural youth centers
LAYC’s services work towards improving academic performance, increased employment, and healthy behaviors

LAYC Outcomes and Indicators

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New client management model design
New Client Management Model Design performance, increased employment, and healthy behaviors

  • LAYC/MMYC Promotores will work with a minimum of 275 (100 in MD) disconnected youth over the next two years

  • These disconnected youth will have some or all of the following characteristics:

    • Homeless or in foster care

    • Substance abuse or mental health issues

    • Criminal justice involvement

    • At risk of dropping out of school

    • Out of school with no diploma or GED

    • Unemployed or underemployed

  • LAYC/MMYC will also continue to work with over 4,000 (1,000 in MD) additional youth through our full range of programming

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Promotores short term outcomes
Promotores Short-term Outcomes performance, increased employment, and healthy behaviors

  • Promotores Model has been operating since September 2008, serving 68 youth

  • These youth have shown the following progress:

    • 14 youth have improved or maintained their housing status – including 7 who are no longer homeless

    • 15 have obtained health insurance

    • 5 have enrolled in GED programs and continue to successfully participate

    • 9 youth have demonstrated improvements in job readiness skills

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Layc developed a tool to screen youth for risk factors
LAYC developed a tool to screen youth for risk factors performance, increased employment, and healthy behaviors

Youth with these

characteristics

will definitely

receive a Promotor

  • Primary risk factors for youth:

    • Housing issues or homeless

    • Unsafe home environment

    • Substance abuse issues

    • Mental health issues

    • Criminal justice involvement

  • Secondary risk factors for youth:

    • Has IEP or 504

    • Held back a grade or failing classes

    • Has recently been suspended

    • No diploma/GED

    • Unemployed or existing job does not support self or family

    • Ongoing childcare responsibilities within the family

    • Has child or is expecting

    • Close friend or family member convicted of a crime or in a gang

    • Exhibits some mental health concerns (e.g. depression, anger)

Youth with these

characteristics

will likely

receive a Promotor

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Layc will assign youth to different levels based on their risk factors
LAYC will assign youth to different levels based on their risk factors

Level 6

Level 2

Level 1

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Youth with highest risks and needs

Youth with moderate risks and needs

Youth with lower risks and needs

Each Promotor will be responsible for moving youth

to successively higher levels

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What will the promotores do
What Will the Promotores Do? risk factors

  • Assess the needs of disconnected youth

  • Connect youth to needed services within LAYC/MMYC or refer youth to external services

  • Form long-lasting relationships with youth; acting as mentors, advocates, and avenues for support

  • Follow-up with service providers to ensure each youth achieves identified outcomes

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How do promotores differ from case managers
How Do Promotores Differ from Case Managers? risk factors

  • Promotores work across programs to address all youth needs

    • Traditional case management works with youth in one area or for a single intervention

    • Promotores will continue to work with youth even after they have completed services or programs

  • Promotores will work with youth over an extended period of time

    • Traditional case management ends after the programmatic intervention, lasting only 6 to 18 months

    • Promotores will work with youth for 4 to 6 years (48 to 72 months)

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Layc will hire an external evaluator to document the effectiveness of the model
LAYC will hire an external evaluator to document the effectiveness of the model

  • Although the Promotores model is based in sound research, it is fairly unique. An external evaluator will help with data analysis and data collection for a comparison group so that we can better determine the full effect of the Promotores model.

  • This is a new approach that will gain interest from national audiences. An external evaluation will lend more credibility to our findings.

  • An external evaluation will make fundraising for the continuation of the Promotores model easier.

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Outcomes and performance management
Outcomes and Performance Management effectiveness of the model

  • Recently received grant from the World Bank to complete an external evaluation of the Promotores Model – RFP to be issued by end of February 2009

  • LAYC’s own Learning and Evaluation Division will continue to analyze all relevant data, such as demographic, attendance, output, and outcome information to refine Promotores Model

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