Attendees at our 2018 Youth Advocacy Summit

Many Stories, One Voice

We envision a community where no youth is considered at- risk and where all are respected as valued members of society. To this end, we work to establish structured opportunities for adolescents to become safe, healthy, resilient, and confident community members.

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The Impact

As a result of recent advocacy and awareness campaigns, we’ve made major investments in our issue areas.

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Who We Are

DCAYA has over 120 members, who all share our vision for a District committed to all of its citizens.

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Stay Involved

Parents, providers, and other youth advocates can connect with us through events and volunteering.

Our Issue Areas

We promote a citywide strategy to youth development that is data and outcome driven in these issue areas.

Do you believe our young people deserve to survive and thrive? Then join our chorus in advocating for all DC youth.
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2018 Election Advocacy Guide Toolkit

The 2018 District of Columbia elections present a critical opportunity. Now is the time to push for the needs of the over 120,000 children and youth who call DC home—but lack a direct political voice—to the forefront of every candidate’s agenda.

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Feet and shoes on the ground

November is Youth Homelessness Awareness Month

Join the fight to end youth homelessness here in the District, by making a pledge to support our advocacy for homeless youth this Giving Tuesday.

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Youth-Friendly DC

Keep up with news and updates from DCAYA staff and occasional guest bloggers, with a new post every Wednesday.

It’s Not Just Advocacy, This Is Personal…

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair”- Shirley Chisholm’s  bold proclamation to reclaim her power and demand room for her voice in spaces where women of color were excluded- shaped the mindset I adopted when entering my own leadership positions and when training youth.  I am Mariah Green,…

December 5, 2018

Stand For Youth

Reflecting on 2018 As 2018 comes to a close, I want to say thank you. 2018 showed us once again what we can accomplish when we stand together as a community.  Your support, time, energy over the last year: Provides thousands of DC’s youngest residents with new opportunities to play, learn, and grow after school…

November 21, 2018

Member Monday shout out to YWCA National Capital Area

It’s a Member Monday shout out to member organization YWCA National Capital Area! Our Mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and to promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. And if you work with young people in the District, consider becoming a member or renewing your organization’s membership.

November 5, 2018