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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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Advocates Working for All Our Youth

We are the citywide coalition that works to ensure policies, programs and practices within the District of Columbia to promote and propel youth into a productive and healthy adulthood.

DCAYA creates a space and provides resources for DC’s youth support network to thrive.

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Upcoming Events

  • Mar 22 Thursday

OST Rally and Walkarounds

  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join us at the Wilson Building on Thursday, March 22  at 12:00pm for our OST Rally in partnership with PAVE and DCFPI in Room 104 and meetings with Councilmembers to speak to the importance of your programs for DC youth and what increased funding can do for them! We’re looking forward to seeing you…

  • Mar 28 Wednesday

District of Columbia Public Schools Budget Hearing

  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is the subject of this Performance Oversight Hearing. This hearing is for Public Witnesses Only and begins at 10 am on Wednesday, March 28, in Room 412.

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Attend our Advocacy Mid-Season Rally

This will be a Mid-Season really, after Performance Oversight Hearings are over and before Budget Hearings begin.

While social in design, we will have just a little bit of work: This will entail a brief presentation of about 5 minutes or so, to recap how Performance Oversight Hearings went and to review our Budget Hearing calendar and calls-to-action.

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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.

The State of Education in DC: A Path Forward

It’s been a rough few months for those of us who care about children and youth, those of us who work in youth development and those of us who work in education. DC’s education system has been in a seemingly unending parade of revelations and scandals. What has made all of this so heart wrenching…

March 14, 2018

Happy International Women’s Day! Join DCAYA and Celebrate This Year’s Theme: #PressforProgress

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year people will unite to celebrate and join in on this year’s campaign theme: #PressforProgress. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call to unite, act and be gender inclusive. Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have given…

March 8, 2018

Happy Employee Appreciation Day !

Non-profit organizations like DCAYA have a common goal: to bring attention to an issue affecting a community and work towards helping those affected. Our mission targets the youth in DC to ensure they have quality education and all the resources they need to succeed. But our efforts wouldn’t be possible without our team. Non-profit organizations…

March 2, 2018