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…

Empower Youth to See Real Change

  In our third round of staff spotlights, we continue highlighting why we do the work we do here at DCAYA. Amy, our Director of Youth Re-engagement and Workforce Initiatives, shares how being empowered as a young person drives her commitment to youth advocacy today. My drive as a youth advocate originates from an upbringing I refuse to take…

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…