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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Feet and shoes on the ground

November is Youth Homelessness Awareness Month

Join the fight to end youth homelessness here in the District, by making a pledge to support our advocacy for homeless youth this Giving Tuesday.

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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.

DCAYA Statement: COVID-19 and Homeless Youth Services

**Note: This is the first in a series of public statements and letters we’ll be creating related to COVID-19 in the coming few weeks. The next will focus more broadly on the ways in which government and philanthropy can support /sustain youth development programming in light of COVID-19. Our third (we anticipate) will focus on…

March 24, 2020

Announcing: Exciting Changes at DCAYA

DCAYA’s staff and board have spent the last 7 months listening, talking and thinking about the next phase of organizational development for DCAYA.  Throughout these discussions we’ve consistently heard about the importance of our mission. That a diverse and engaged coalition of youth advocates is vital to elevating the policies, practices, and funding needed to give…

March 2, 2020

DCAYA’S FY21 Budget Advocacy Agenda

With performance hearings in full swing and budget hearings on the horizon, the time has come to share our FY21 Budget Advocacy Agenda. In this post, we’ll be sharing our two primary budget asks, talking points and advocacy resources, and upcoming opportunities for action. As always, if you have any questions about what we’re advocating…

February 4, 2020