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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

  • Feb 21 Wednesday

Child and Family Services Agency Performance Oversight Hearing

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Child and Family Services Agency is among the agencies which are the subject of this Performance Oversight Hearing. The hearing begins at 10 am on Wednesday, February 21, in Room 123.

  • Feb 21 Wednesday

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services Performance Oversight Hearing

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services is among the agencies which are the subject of this Performance Oversight Hearing. The hearing begins at 10 am on Wednesday, February 21, in Room 123.

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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.

Ramina Davidson Deputy Mayor for Education Performance Oversight Testimony

Good morning, Chairperson Grosso, Councilmembers, and staff. My name is Ramina Davidson, and I am here in my capacity as the Director of Housing Stability & Youth Initiatives at the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates.

February 13, 2018

Amy Dudas Deputy Mayor for Education Performance Oversight Testimony

Good morning Chairman Grosso, fellow Councilmembers and committee staff, and thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on the performance of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME).

February 13, 2018

Performance Oversight and Budget Hearings Set by Council

The DC Council has released draft schedules for the coming months’ performance oversight and budget hearings. Below we have noted the hearing dates and times that will be of interest to our members and the youth advocacy community, along with contact information for testifying. You can find our resources for advocacy season and advice for writing…

January 31, 2018