Washington, DC (WUSA9) — Homeless rates for LGBTQ teens are alarmingly high across the U.S. and many are the victims of assault. The Latin American Youth Center of D.C. provides a safe space where members can express themselves. With help from outside sources, this organization provides teens with the tools they need to enter adulthood.

Founded in 1968, LAYC has grown from a small grassroots recreation center to a nationally recognized agency serving low-income youth. Each year the organization serves over 4,000 teens and families through youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools in D.C. and Maryland. LAYC has created dynamic programs to educate youths beyond the classroom, and empower them to express themselves.

Easterns Automotive Group is proud to donate $2000 to LAYC. This donation will help the Stripes Program at the youth center access more resources to train teens on media advocacy. Part of the training includes radio broadcasting. This medium allows teens to tell their powerful stories, and shines a light on LGBTQ issues. The teens learn how much their voices matter, and how they can thrive in the future.

This article is sponsored by Easterns Automotive Group.

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