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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

  • Jun 28 Thursday

Summer Member Event

  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You. Us. Local 16. More details TBA.

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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.

Amy Dudas Department of Transportation Budget Testimony

Good morning, Chairperson Cheh, councilmembers and committee staff and thank you for the opportunity to provide input as you consider the FY19 budget priorities of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). My name is Amy Dudas and I am testifying in my capacity as Director of ReEngagment and Workforce Initiatives with the DC Alliance of…

April 9, 2018

Collective Impact relies on Collecting Input, like with Any Given Child DC

Earlier this month, I wrote a guest blog for the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative, on The Importance of Collective Impact in Advocacy. I discuss how the work we do as a sector to change things on a systems level is as crucial as the work each organization does in their own community to…

March 21, 2018

The State of Education in DC: A Path Forward

It’s been a rough few months for those of us who care about children and youth, those of us who work in youth development and those of us who work in education. DC’s education system has been in a seemingly unending parade of revelations and scandals. What has made all of this so heart wrenching…

March 14, 2018