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

  • Nov 13 Wednesday

Advocacy All Call: Keep The Lights on Afterschool

  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join DCAYA’s team and member organizations to get an update on what we’re hearing may be in store for FY21 OST funding. Your participation will get you “in the know”, help define the strategies we can take to ensure robust funding, and identify some specific next steps. We’ve made huge gains in the last two…

  • Nov 22 Friday

Making The Most Of Membership

  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We’re doing some deep thinking and strategic planning. And we need your insights and expertise. Join DCAYA staff, board, and other youth serving organizations to give your feedback and ideas about membership. What do you value about membership? What isn’t that important? How can we leverage membership to tackle bigger and bolder campaigns? If you’ve…

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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