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LOCATION: Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St NW, Washington, DC
TIME: 9 AM — NOON
Meet Maria, an 18 year old Salvadorian girl who came to the United States a few years ago. She had a very volatile and at times abusive relationship with her mother. Forced to run away from home due to the abuse, Maria found the LAYC Street Outreach Program/Drop-In Center, where she was given food, clothing, and a warm shower. She was also referred to the LAYC’s Transitional Living Program (TLP), where she was given housing with a Host Family for the next 18 months. She is currently the youth with the most personal achievements in the TLP program, thanks to her own efforts and the help of staff and the host family. She has been able to continue her studies and has earned several academic leadership awards at school. She has maintained a 3.89 GPA and joined one of the school’s sports teams, where she was named team captain. The TLP has also helped her access ongoing services, such as medical, dental, and mental health care. Moreover, Maria obtained a part time job at a local restaurant and has been saving to transition to living independently once her time in the TLP comes to an end.
Like Maria, there are hundreds of other youth who walk through the door here at the Housing Department. These youth come from all walks of life, different cultures, various life circumstances and often, show up with nothing, looking for help to start a stable and safe life. It all starts with a warm meal, which goes a long way when they haven’t had access to food in a while. Often, our programs are often able to help on a long-term basis with housing; resources for food for youth are less available. Help the Housing Programs feed our youth and families by reaching its goal of raising $2000.
Our Fourth Annual Dance-a-Thon Fundraiser is underway! The LAYC Dance-a-Thon is a dance and performance event to raise money for LAYC’s programs and services in Washington, DC and Maryland's Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Groove to classic group line dances, top 40 of all eras, bachata, salsa, and more!
How to Participate
Join a Team (Attending)
So you think you can boogie your way to lots of cash for deserving youth? Awesome! The LAYC Dance-a-Thon is championed by its staff teams. You can join Fancy Feet For Food team when you register to dance.
Donate (Not Attending)
You care deeply about our cause, but can’t make it to the event? No problem! Choose Fancy Feet For Food dance team to support our special project. Give us a share on Facebook and Twitter with #LAYCDanceathon to carry our cause a little further. Thanks for your support!
Good to Know
The event will feature dance performances by local dance troupes, door prizes, and a raffle.
Team members will enjoy morning refreshments.
Children under 12 are welcome to attend with a team member for free.
Questions? Please contact Araceli Rosenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org. For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Millie Perez at email@example.com or call (202) 319-0443. See you on the dance floor!
LAYC is a youth development non-profit in Washington, DC and Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. 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. To learn more about LAYC’s programs, please visit our website.