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.

Member Monday shout out to YWCA National Capital Area

It’s a Member Monday shout out to member organization YWCA National Capital Area, during this summer’s membership drive! Our Mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and to promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. And if you work with young people in the District, consider becoming a member or renewing your organization’s membership.

August 6, 2018

New Changes to the Kids Ride Free Program, Here’s What You Should Know!

With the hard work of the Mayor’s administration, and input of youth advocates, all students attending DC Public Schools, charters and private schools are eligible to ride the Metrobus, Metrorail and DC Circulator to school and school-related programs for  free via the Kids Ride Free Program (KRF). We hear from members frequently that the program…

August 1, 2018

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