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

  • Jan 24 Friday

Out of School Time: Advocacy for Action Event

  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join DCAYA, out of school time providers, volunteers, parents and partners in educating DC council and other policy makers on the importance of youth development programming! This 2 hour series of council walk arounds and office visits is a great chance to get your voice heard! Who should attend this event? Anyone who can speak passionately…

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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.

A Celebration of DCAYA

We hope you will help us celebrate the accomplishments of fearless Executive Director, Maggie Riden before she begins her next adventure. In her 7 years as our fearless leader, Maggie has: Informed and influenced over $878 million in public funding Spearheaded the 2011 Youth Homelessness report that was the first of its kind in DC, and…

August 21, 2019

Join Today for a Better Tomorrow

As we gear up for the start of advocacy season this fall (yes, it’s just around the corner), we’re asking you to show your support for sustained youth voice on the issues that matter to them, by becoming a dues paying member. This year, we have 3 extra compelling reasons why you should join or…

August 1, 2019

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Dear Friends, Earlier this year I made the exciting decision to begin my transition from DCAYA. It has been an incredible 9 years. We’ve accomplished things I could not have imagined at the start of this journey. We accomplished them because we were clear in our values and beliefs. Because hundreds of people from all…

July 24, 2019