September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate, we’re spotlighting the extraordinary staff and clients of the Latin American Youth Center, a longtime LISC partner in Washington, D.C. In its 50 years, LAYC has welcomed and served 27,000 youth, many of them recent immigrants, helping connect them to education, mentors, housing, work, mental health services and each other. This kind of work makes an enormous difference in young lives and in our communities, and we’re honored to be part of it: we’ve invested nearly $2 million in LAYC’s people and programs, including financing the purchase of the group’s home base in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.
We’re back! Tune in to this month’s podcast to hear a reflection on how we can best pursue inclusive economic growth by leveraging the assets of communities of color and low-income communities across the country. Special guest Andre Perry from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program joins Maurice and Morgan to share his perspective on a strategy for highlighting these strengths drawing on his research and work in majority-Black cities. Look out for future special guests in the coming months, as we reflect back and forge ahead as LISC turns 40.
As students of all ages head back to school this season, Thomas Orr, a senior program officer in charge of workforce development programs for LISC Indianapolis, delves into the outdated ways we gauge the value of higher education. At a time when millions of people are in need of living-wage jobs, while millions of middle-skills jobs sit vacant, apprenticeships and other alternative pathways to satisfying careers make more sense than ever..
Together with some seriously expert partners, we delved into why affordable housing is key to good health in a Tweetchat with Salud America. The answers offer a comprehensive look at all the factors that created the affordable housing crisis to begin with, how it affected the health of communities, and what we can do to fix it.Read the Thread
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which wrought an estimated $50 billion of economic and property damage in the Houston area last August, LISC has been working hard to help communities recover—and become more resilient in the bargain. Through our $100 million commitment and multiple partnerships and collaborations, our Houston and Rural programs have made steady strides in rebuilding and equipping Texans for jobs and other economic opportunities that can make the region stronger going forward.