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…

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…

Preparing for the FY2020 Budget

As you may have heard, the Mayor’s proposed FY20 budget, A Fair Shot, was released Wednesday March 20th. After an initial scan and preliminary analysis, we’d like to share a few priorities that stand out as we enter agency budget hearings in the coming month. As always, if you’re interested in learning more, or getting involved in…

Budgets Are Moral Documents.

Budgets are moral documents. They reflect a community’s priorities and values. So, with the Mayor’s budget set to drop on March 20th, we wanted to share the investments we hope to see- and will be working for- in the coming few months. We can’t do this work without you, so take a read, and reach…

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Kicking Off Youth Homelessness Awareness Month with an Inocente Screening

As you may know, November is Youth Homelessness Awareness Month. And DCAYA has partnered with the National Museum of Women in the Arts to co-present Inocente. The Academy Award-winning film Inocente is an inspiring coming-of-age story of a 15-year-old girl in California. Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dreams to become…

Youth Count DC 2018

As we head into autumn, we head into the fourth annual Homeless Youth Census (HYC), an integral part of DC’s efforts to end and prevent youth homelessness. To start off this year’s HYC, the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, in collaboration with the Department of Human Services, is holding a Youth Count DC…

Big 2018 Budget Wins for DC Youth Part Two

To highlight the fruits of your labor throughout the FY19 budget season, read on for more about the Council’s budget decisions impacting two of our four issue areas: Disconnected Youth: $2 Million to Continue the Adult Learners’ Transportation Subsidy Continuation of the Adult Learner’s Transportation Subsidy: Building off of last year’s successful transportation advocacy that…

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Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America

As we eagerly await the data from 2017’s Youth Count DC, here’s a look at some national numbers and recommendations.

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Six Months After the Launch of Solid Foundations DC

Six months after the release of Solid Foundations DC: Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness, we’re taking a brief dive into how the plan is progressing for National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.

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A Visit to Latin American Youth Center

This week, we’re thrilled to introduce you to a new member of the DCAYA staff, Laura Romero. We’ll let her introduce herself in this post, as well as share a bit from her visit to Latin American Youth Center.