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…

Big 2018 Budget Wins for DC Youth Part One

To highlight the fruits of your labor throughout the FY19 budget season, read on for more about the Council’s budget decisions impacting two of our four issue areas: Expanded Learning and Youth Workforce Development. Expanded Learning: $20.25 Million to OST Office of Youth Outcomes (Deputy Mayor for Education): This year, significant progress has been made…

Collective Impact relies on Collecting Input, like with Any Given Child DC

Earlier this month, I wrote a guest blog for the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative, on The Importance of Collective Impact in Advocacy. I discuss how the work we do as a sector to change things on a systems level is as crucial as the work each organization does in their own community to…

Andria Asks You to Join Our #WeNeed25 Campaign

This week’s blog comes from Board Member and current Kid Power Executive Director, Andria Tobin.  Mismanagement has bankrupted a DC nonprofit, endangering programs for at-risk youths This April will mark two years since this Washington Post headline shocked our youth development sector. The article went on to state “The DC Trust, long known as the…

Ramina Davidson providing testimony at DME Performance Oversight hearing

Ramina Davidson Deputy Mayor for Education Performance Oversight Testimony

Good morning, Chairperson Grosso, Councilmembers, and staff. My name is Ramina Davidson, and I am here in my capacity as the Director of Housing Stability & Youth Initiatives at the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates.

Join Our #WeNeed25 Advocacy Campaign: We Need $25 Million to Fund Out-of-School-Time Programming

This advocacy season, DCAYA is teaming up with Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE) and the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) to ask the Mayor and DC Council for $25 million to fund afterschool and summer programming for all students at risk of academic failure due to poverty. In October, the DC Policy Center released…

Flipped Classrooms

As part of Afterschool Awareness Month, we reached out to one of our Member Organizations for a guest blog post from one of their parents. DC PAVE “connects, trains, and empowers charter parent leaders to give families in DC a voice and choice in the vision for education in our city”. We are thrilled to have…

Young man taking photo of DC skyline

The CE Experience

As part of Afterschool Awareness Month, we reached out to one of our Member Organizations for a guest blog post from one of their youth. Critical Exposure “trains youth to use photography and advocacy to make real change in their schools and communities”. We are thrilled to have Desmond Cole, Jr. share his story this…

Arts Education Month: 3 Stories of 3 Ways Art Promotes Positive Youth Development

March is National Arts Education Month, and with today’s blog, we are highlighting the work of Project Create, a community-based nonprofit that promotes creative youth development through accessible arts education for children, youth and families experiencing homelessness and poverty in Washington, DC.

Turning Point for Expanded Learning: Behind DCAYA’s Bold FY18 Budget Ask

In June of last year, DCAYA released a report which documented the declining trends in funding for and access to afterschool and summer expanded learning opportunities for DC children and youth. We noted that DC Public Schools (DCPS) elementary schools with the highest “at-risk” student enrollment also tended to have the lowest share of available…