As youth immigrants and activists, the Latino Youth Leadership Council of LAYC recognized the urgent need for youth-driven #OwnVoices stories to provided a human face to the current immigration debate. Few books reflected their reality, so they decided to do something about that: they wrote their own.

Now, through Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth, these teens are inspiring, motivating, and educating others by telling their own stories of immigration and transformation in comics form.

Our Partner

The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a DC-based nonprofit organization that offers a variety of programming to low-income youth of all backgrounds. Their 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.

Since their founding in the late 1960s, LAYC has grown from a small grassroots recreation center to a nationally recognized agency serving all low-income youth. Each year, LAYC serves over 4,000 youth 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.