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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

  • Dec 13 Wednesday

[Afterschool Alliance] Webinar: The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Part I

  • 2:00 pm

About this webinar: Today, more than 10.2 million children participate in an out-of-school time (OST) program, which provide an array of enriching learning opportunities, from building Rube Goldberg machines to student-led service learning projects. The OST field has come a long way over the past two decades, and the newly released book, The Growing Out-of-School-Time…

  • Dec 13 Wednesday

[Critical Exposure] DCRYPTION Photo Exhibit

  • 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Critical Exposure’s Youth Internship hosts their photo exhibit Wednesday, December 13, at Thurgood Marshall Center.

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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.

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Chronic Absenteeism and Disengagement are NOT Solely Education Issues

The results of the WAMU investigation into Ballou High School are gut-wrenching. Graduating dozens of high school students regardless of whether they were adequately prepared for graduation is setting up DC’s young people for failure.

December 6, 2017
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Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America

As we eagerly await the data from 2017’s Youth Count DC, here’s a look at some national numbers and recommendations.

November 15, 2017
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Six Months After the Launch of Solid Foundations DC

Six months after the release of Solid Foundations DC: Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness, we’re taking a brief dive into how the plan is progressing for National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.

November 8, 2017