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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Upcoming Events

  • Sep 21 Friday

DCAYA Community Reunion

  • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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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.

A Summer Youth Perspective on the Summer Youth Employment Program

This week, we’re bringing you an interview* on the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to share the insights of a young person who has participated in the program for the last 4 years. Kameela is 17 years old, lives in Ward 7, and is working this summer at a garden run by her…

July 11, 2018

DCAYA Day of Giving on June 28

On Thursday, June 28, we invite you to join us and show your support for youth advocacy and youth voice. Help us keep up the momentum from a successful advocacy season over the summer, by recommitting to our young people. Recommit to being a supporter, defender, advocate, or ally throughout the year. And join us…

June 20, 2018

Big 2018 Budget Wins for DC Youth Part Two

To highlight the fruits of your labor throughout the FY19 budget season, read on for more about the Council’s budget decisions impacting two of our four issue areas: Disconnected Youth: $2 Million to Continue the Adult Learners’ Transportation Subsidy Continuation of the Adult Learner’s Transportation Subsidy: Building off of last year’s successful transportation advocacy that…

June 11, 2018