For media inquiries, please contact JR Russ, Director of Community Engagement, at jr@dc-aya.org.


“We [ask] that … the public charter school board take into account the full landscape of options, or lack thereof, [for] our most vulnerable young people,” Maggie Riden

Cohen, Rachel M. “Where D.C. Has Failed on Adult Education, Charter Schools Fill the Void.” Washington City Paper 13 Jul. 2017


Of the 330 homeless youth counted in the 2016 survey, 142 identified as LGBTQ, and experts like Maggie Riden, who runs the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, believe many more may be at risk of winding up on the streets.

Strupp, Julie. “Nearly Half of DC’s Homeless Youth are LGBTQ, and They’re Not Getting the Support They Need.” Washingtonian 29 Jun. 2017


The bill is the result of community-driven collaboration including councilmembers, government agency leaders representing education and health and human services, funders such as the Meyer Foundation and local non-profits such as the Young Women’s Project, DCAYA, RISE-DC and the Children’s Law Center.

Talero, Catalina. “Hope after the dismantling of the D.C. Trust.” The Washington Post 7 Dec. 2016