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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

  • Jan 26 Friday

[New York Life Foundation ] Aim High Grant RFP Closes

  • 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

From Afterschool Alliance: This coming May, the New York Life Foundation will make 26 awards to out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged youth through their Aim High grant program. The Aim High program is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in middle school OST programs to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade…

  • Jan 31 Wednesday

[United Way NCA] FY18 Summer Strong DC RFP

  • 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

From the United Way of the National Capital Area: The 2018 Summer Strong DC Grant Competition RFP invites high-performing, non-profit, youth development organizations serving children and youth between the ages of 5 – 21 years with a summer program that addresses key youth developmental outcomes to apply. Organizations applying must primarily serve District children and…

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Attend our 2018 Youth Advocacy for Action Summit

Our second Youth Advocacy for Action Summit is on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Last year we mobilized our member organizations, partner advocacy groups and community supporters to proactively address the uncertainty, both locally and nationally, that lay ahead.

Join us, as our 2018 Youth Advocacy for Action Summit will build off this momentum to inform DCAYA’s focus and strategies in the year to come.

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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.

Reflecting on the Meaning of Youth Leadership

How Are We Defining Youth Leadership? On Saturday, January 6th I had the pleasure of kicking off my first session with The Youth Mayoral Forum Leadership Team. DCAYA and our partners in this joint led effort, Critical Exposure and Mikva DC were very intentional about the Leadership Team’s selection process and we finally selected 15…

January 10, 2018

Testimony from Amy Dudas for the Public Hearing on the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Enhancement Act

Thank you, Chairperson Silverman, for the opportunity to provide input as the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development solicits feedback on the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Enhancement Amendment Act of 2017.

January 10, 2018

Our 2018 Youth Advocacy for Action Summit is in Two Weeks!

Happy New Year! We hope you’ll join us in kicking it off, by attending our 2nd annual Youth Advocacy for Action Summit! Last year, over 230 individuals, representing 170 organizations, from all 8 wards of the city came together on March 29 and as a community we accomplished a lot. We: Reaffirmed: Our core beliefs and…

January 3, 2018