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…

It’s Not Just Advocacy, This Is Personal…

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair”- Shirley Chisholm’s  bold proclamation to reclaim her power and demand room for her voice in spaces where women of color were excluded- shaped the mindset I adopted when entering my own leadership positions and when training youth.  I am Mariah Green,…

New Changes to the Kids Ride Free Program, Here’s What You Should Know!

With the hard work of the Mayor’s administration, and input of youth advocates, all students attending DC Public Schools, charters and private schools are eligible to ride the Metrobus, Metrorail and DC Circulator to school and school-related programs for  free via the Kids Ride Free Program (KRF). We hear from members frequently that the program…

The State of Education in DC: A Path Forward

It’s been a rough few months for those of us who care about children and youth, those of us who work in youth development and those of us who work in education. DC’s education system has been in a seemingly unending parade of revelations and scandals. What has made all of this so heart wrenching…

Happy International Women’s Day! Join DCAYA and Celebrate This Year’s Theme: #PressforProgress

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year people will unite to celebrate and join in on this year’s campaign theme: #PressforProgress. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call to unite, act and be gender inclusive. Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have given…

Happy Employee Appreciation Day !

Non-profit organizations like DCAYA have a common goal: to bring attention to an issue affecting a community and work towards helping those affected. Our mission targets the youth in DC to ensure they have quality education and all the resources they need to succeed. But our efforts wouldn’t be possible without our team. Non-profit organizations…

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017

Welcome to our final blog post for 2017, a look back at the information, news, and updates we shared on our blog, which were the most read. If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you may have noticed the daily countdown we’re in the middle of. And whether you have or…

Amanda’s Story of How and Why She Came to Join DCAYA’s Board

This week, we are grateful to feature a guest post from Amanda Fuchs Miller, one of the newest additions to DCAYA’s Board of Directors. Amanda was kind enough to share a bit about her work and why DCAYA’s mission was a good fit for her, personally and professionally. In our nation’s capital, you can’t go…

Julia’s Story of How and Why She Became DCAYA’s FIRST Monthly Donor

This week, we are grateful to feature a guest post from Julia H. Cain, a staff member at a community-based organization here in the District as well as DCAYA’s first monthly donor. Julia was kind enough to share a bit about her work and why supporting DCAYA matters to her, personally and professionally.

This Year We are Thankful for…

…you! This holiday season, we’re thankful for all of your support. We’re also thankful for our youth. However when it comes to youth voice and making space for young people to not only be heard, but for their stories and experiences to directly inform policy, we know that there always more work to be done….