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…

When Is the New Year Again?

This week’s guest column by Daniela Grigioni examines how uncertainty at the federal level, from the congressional budget to the presidential transition, impacts local service delivery. A shorter version of this op-ed runs this week in the Current. Across the diverse community that is Washington, DC, we’re lucky to have multiple opportunities to mark the New Year….

If this Year was a Youth

And by this year, we mean ’17. If this year was a youth, we thought we’d paint a partial picture of what a 17 year old and their peers might be experiencing. To begin with, a 17 year old, as part of the general youth population in the District, is among 107,989 residents under the…

Expanded Learning and a Halloween Hearing

It’s the season for Expanded Learning! Actually, October IS Afterschool Awareness Month, so for this week’s blog, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some recent activities and updates, as well as an upcoming hearing. Lights on Afterschool Just last Thursday was Lights on Afterschool, a day which saw a million Americans…

Lights on Afterschool logo over city skyline

Lights On Afterschool: 4 Questions with DC Afterschool Ambassador Daniela Grigioni

In September, the Afterschool Alliance announced that Daniela Grigioni had been selected as one of 15 leaders from across the nation to serve as a 2016-2017 Afterschool Ambassador. Since 2001, more than 200 individuals have served as Afterschool Ambassadors with the Afterschool Alliance, working in their communities and states to increase awareness of the need…

Regarding the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation

This week’s blog post is our statement released yesterday in response to the news about the DC Trust dissolving. In light of these events, we will be revising and re-releasing our #ExpandLearningDC report and fact sheets here in the coming weeks (the report was originally released on this blog on April 13). In the meantime,…

Black History Month Profile: Thurgood Marshall

This is a special blog by DCAYA Communications and Development Manager, JR Russ. I’m a DC native, born and raised. I went to St. Albans and sang in the Washington National Cathedral’s Boys Choir from 5th to 7th grade, 1991 to 1994. During the spring semester of my 6th grade year, Thurgood Marshall passed away…