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

  • Jun 21 Thursday

[United Way] School Year 2018-2019 OST RFPs

  • 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The United Way of the National Capital Area released two Requests for Proposals from the Office for the Deputy Mayor in support of School Year 2018-2019 Out of School time programming. Applications for both RFPs are due June 21, 2018, and questions may be directed to Abby Bonder, Director of Grants Administration at United Way…

  • Jun 27 Wednesday

Council Hearing on the Youth Vote Amendment Act

  • 2:00 pm

The Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety will hold a Public Hearing on the following Legislation: Bill 22-0778, the “Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018” The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing should contact the Committee via email at or at…

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DCAYA Member Summer Social

Join DCAYA staff, board, member organizations, and other youth advocates for a casual summer social.

We will be celebrating our wins from this year’s Budget Advocacy Season and taking a collective breath before we jump back into the beginning of our Advocacy Cycle in the Fall.

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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.

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

Big 2018 Budget Wins for DC Youth Part One

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: Expanded Learning and Youth Workforce Development. Expanded Learning: $20.25 Million to OST Office of Youth Outcomes (Deputy Mayor for Education): This year, significant progress has been made…

June 4, 2018

Youth-Led Mayoral Forum with This Year’s Candidate

Youth-Led Mayoral Forum with This Year’s Candidates A candid conversation driven by our young people [WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2018] Critical Exposure, Mikva Challenge DC and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates have collaborated in supporting a group of District Youth to coordinate a Youth-Led Mayoral Forum. The Youth Mayoral Leadership Team is led by Youth…

May 14, 2018