Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) members will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in the parking lot at Los Alamos National Bank.
Money raised from the event will be used on volunteer projects such as the annual Adopt A Family. Last year’s car wash raised about $350 dollars.
LAYL was founded in 2005. It is a program that helps students in grades 9-12 gain leadership skills that are useful later in life.
Each year, students are placed in groups with adult leaders. The teams plan projects to benefit the community while enhancing the leadership capabilities of the team members.
An example of past projects include The Reading Challenge where students worked with the elementary schools to promote literacy.
Annual projects include Wild Day, LAHS homecoming bond fire, Adopt A Family and the annual placing of wreaths at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
The team hosting this year’s carwash is team ACDC – Accomplish, Challenge, Destroy barriers, Commit.
The team consists of 10 students and three adult leaders. One of the team’s seniors, McKenna Schoonover, says, “LAYL is a unique opportunity to become involved in the community and interact with a peer group. Hopefully this year the team will redefine helping the community.”