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.

Our Project

During the summer of 2017, Shout Mouse Press held a month-long workshop with LAYC's Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC), a passionate group of young people dedicated to social justice in their community. The workshop, led by a team of teaching artists with experience devising and illustrating comic books, resulted in a graphic memoir collection by Latinx youth that inspires, motivates, and educates its readers, and that changes the narrative about America's immigrants.

This project is timely, ambitious, and a much-needed addition to current national discussions about who we are as a country. 

This book has tremendous potential as an educational tool for schools, libraries, book clubs, and community groups. Some examples:

  • Culturally competent, engaging resource for Spanish and ESL classes for teens and adults
  • Resource for community engagement and social justice curricula
  • Resource for non-profits serving Latino communities to educate staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders

For bulk orders, educator inquiries, and nonprofit discounts, email

We would like to thank the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and UnidosUS for generously supporting this project.

Our Book