BIG NEWS: DCAYA and DC Action for Children have merged!

It is our pleasure to announce the merger between DC Action for Children and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates. Under the leadership of Kimberly Perry, Executive Director, the unified organization is fully operational and working towards a cohesive strategic plan for the future. We are fortunate to have the support of DCAYA’s Maggie Riden as a consultant during…

DCAYA Statement: COVID-19 and Homeless Youth Services

**Note: This is the first in a series of public statements and letters we’ll be creating related to COVID-19 in the coming few weeks. The next will focus more broadly on the ways in which government and philanthropy can support /sustain youth development programming in light of COVID-19. Our third (we anticipate) will focus on…

Announcing: Exciting Changes at DCAYA

DCAYA’s staff and board have spent the last 7 months listening, talking and thinking about the next phase of organizational development for DCAYA.  Throughout these discussions we’ve consistently heard about the importance of our mission. That a diverse and engaged coalition of youth advocates is vital to elevating the policies, practices, and funding needed to give…

DCAYA’S FY21 Budget Advocacy Agenda

With performance hearings in full swing and budget hearings on the horizon, the time has come to share our FY21 Budget Advocacy Agenda. In this post, we’ll be sharing our two primary budget asks, talking points and advocacy resources, and upcoming opportunities for action. As always, if you have any questions about what we’re advocating…

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…

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…

A Collective, Reflective Piece from DC Youth Moving Forward

DC Youth Moving Forward is a youth led advocacy and action group supported by DC Alliance of Youth Advocates. In this blog, two new members take time to reflect on their experience in the program. From Advocacy to Business Marketing  My name is Larenai Swann and I am a recent high school graduate of Basis…

The Final Breakdown: The FY20 Budget

To highlight the fruits of your labor throughout the FY20 budget season, read on for more about the Council’s budget decisions impacting our four issue areas: Expanded Learning, Youth Homelessness, Youth Workforce Development, and Opportunity Youth. Youth Homelessness: $5.447 Million Added to End Youth Homelessness by 2022 The Department of Human Services saw an increase…

Our New Year’s Resolutions

On this New Year’s Eve, as most of us put together our dreams, wishes, and hopes for 2019, we wanted to share ours with you. Over the last few weeks we shared stories from our staff and board to show you why we do the work we do at DCAYA. (Access them here at our…

Why I give: A message from Amanda Fuchs Miller, DCAYA’s Board of Directors

In our nation’s capital, you can’t go a block without bumping into a lobbyist – someone trying to influence public policy on behalf of their client, whether it’s a corporation, a non-profit or an association. While “lobbyist” has become a bad word, elected officials depend on advocates as they make decisions on key pieces of…