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…

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…