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 for…

Jeremiah McCullan provides testimony at DC Youth Voices hearing

A Snapshot of DC’s Youth Voices Hearing

Confident, poised, passionate and astute are a few of the words I would use to describe the testimonies provided by DC youth at Councilmember David Grosso’s Annual Youth Hearing on Monday evening. Youth advocates and allies look forward to the annual hearing to hear directly from young people about the issues they witness in the…

A Summer Youth Perspective on the Summer Youth Employment Program

This week, we’re bringing you an interview* on the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to share the insights of a young person who has participated in the program for the last 4 years. Kameela is 17 years old, lives in Ward 7, and is working this summer at a garden run by her…

Reflecting on the Meaning of Youth Leadership

How Are We Defining Youth Leadership? On Saturday, January 6th I had the pleasure of kicking off my first session with The Youth Mayoral Forum Leadership Team. DCAYA and our partners in this joint led effort, Critical Exposure and Mikva DC were very intentional about the Leadership Team’s selection process

Drop in center sign on cork board

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.

Young man taking photo of DC skyline

The CE Experience

As part of Afterschool Awareness Month, we reached out to one of our Member Organizations for a guest blog post from one of their youth. Critical Exposure “trains youth to use photography and advocacy to make real change in their schools and communities”. We are thrilled to have Desmond Cole, Jr. share his story this…