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…

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…

Exciting Changes at DCAYA

DCAYA and its Board of Directors is writing to announce that, effective September 30, 2019, DCAYA President & CEO Maggie Riden is leaving to join her fiancé in TN, where she’ll be exploring new opportunities to apply her advocacy skills at the national level. Over her 9 years at the helm, Maggie has built DCAYA into a trusted…

DCAYA Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

DCAYA Named ‘One of The Best’

I Am Tired Of Polite, Passive Conversation.

In the second of our staff spotlights highlighting why we do the work we do at DCAYA, Ramina, our Director of Housing Stability & Youth Initiatives, discusses her vision of a community that empowers all its children and youth.    Code-switching, generally, is the act of alternating between different languages or dialects in a conversation…

Stand For Youth

Reflecting on 2018 As 2018 comes to a close, I want to say thank you. 2018 showed us once again what we can accomplish when we stand together as a community.  Your support, time, energy over the last year: Provides thousands of DC’s youngest residents with new opportunities to play, learn, and grow after school…

Inocente Press Image

Kicking Off Youth Homelessness Awareness Month with an Inocente Screening

As you may know, November is Youth Homelessness Awareness Month. And DCAYA has partnered with the National Museum of Women in the Arts to co-present Inocente. The Academy Award-winning film Inocente is an inspiring coming-of-age story of a 15-year-old girl in California. Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dreams to become…

Help Us Celebrate Our New Board Chair and Vice Chair

Not only is it a new fiscal year for us, but we also have a new duo leading our work on the board. We are thrilled that board members Amy Davenport and Andria Tobin have stepped into the roles of Chair and Vice Chair. And we thought this would be a great opportunity for us…

2019 Advocacy Timeline Part 1

Community Input Meetings to Prepare for the FY2019 Advocacy Season

Mark Your Calendars, because our Community Input Meetings kick off next week! They are quintessential opportunities for you to weigh in! The feedback you provide on critical youth programming will steer what we talk about during performance and budget hearings in the spring. So save the dates and register for the Issue Area specific meetings…

DCAYA Day of Giving on June 28

On Thursday, June 28, we invite you to join us and show your support for youth advocacy and youth voice. Help us keep up the momentum from a successful advocacy season over the summer, by recommitting to our young people. Recommit to being a supporter, defender, advocate, or ally throughout the year. And join us…