The 2018 District of Columbia elections present a critical opportunity. Now is the time to push for the needs of the over 120,000 children and youth who call DC home—but lack a direct political voice—to the forefront of every candidate’s agenda. This year, DC voters will elect the next mayor, chair of the Council of the District of Columbia, two at-large councilmembers, and councilmembers representing Wards 1, 3, 5, and 6. We must ensure that the needs of the over 120,000 children and youth who call DC home—but currently lack a vote—are at the forefront of every candidate’s agenda.

DC Action for Children and the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates have partnered together to release the DC Votes for Children and Youth 2018 Election Advocacy Guide. Developed with input and guidance from the DC Youth Mayoral Forum Leadership Team and the Young Women’s Project, the guide will empower DC residents of all ages—registered voters and residents who cannot vote— to effectively engage candidates on key issues affecting DC children and youth today.

9 One-Page Infographics and Questions for Candidates by Topic

The guide highlights nine issue areas where elected officials have the opportunity to address disparities by race and place and positively impact the lives of children, youth, and families. Each section features one-pagers consisting of an infographic and a list of targeted questions that you can pose to candidates at a variety of settings, such as candidate forums and meet-and-greets.

  • Economic Security – DC children are best positioned when their families are economically secure and share in the District’s growing prosperity.

    Download Economic Security One-Pager

  • Health – In order for all DC children to meet their full potential, health services must
    be high-quality, well-coordinated and child-centered.

    Download Health One-Pager

  • Early Childhood – All young children in DC need access to quality early care and education programs to ensure they enter school healthy and ready to learn.

    Download Early Childhood One-Pager

  • Foster Care – Facing significant challenges and trauma, many children in foster care
    need tailored resources and robust supports.

    Download Foster Care One-Pager

  • Homelessness – All DC children and youth need safe and stable housing to thrive.

    Download Homelessness One-Pager

  • Behavioral and Mental Health – Young people need mental and behavioral health services that are quickly accessible, youth-friendly and culturally competent.

    Download Behavioral and Mental Health One-Pager

  • School Culture – Supportive school climates and fair school discipline practices promote
    academic achievement and attainment for all DC students.

    Download School Culture One-Pager
  • Achievement Gap – With focused resources and thoughtful strategies, the District can close the
    achievement gap.

    Download Achievement Gap One-Pager

  • Youth Employment – Young people need strong education and workforce development
    opportunities to succeed in DC’s competitive job market.

    Download Youth Employment One-Pager

As you engage with candidates on social media this election cycle, please use the hashtag: #WeVote4DCKids.

While the District continues to experience unprecedented prosperity, the needs of many children and youth still go unmet. All residents benefit when elected officials champion public policies that promote equity and improve the lives of DC children.

Download the Source Guide to find all the sources for the data and questions included on each one-pager.