- Policy and Advocacy
The DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA) is a coalition of youth-engaged organizations, youth and concerned residents formed to ensure that all children and youth in the District of Columbia have access to high-quality and affordable developmental opportunities. We accomplish this mission by crafting policy recommendations, providing structured advocacy opportunities for our members and allies, networking and empowering youth.
At DCAYA, we envision a District of Columbia where no young person is considered to be “at-risk”. Where all children and youth are respected as valued members of their communities, and where our city’s leaders actively represent the interests of young people.
DCAYA was founded in 2004 and since then has grown into a vibrant and diverse membership organization. We currently boast over 100 members, who all share our vision for a city committed to all of its citizens.
Most of our membership is comprised of non-profits that provide direct services such as out-of-school time programming, health/nutritional support, housing and shelter, workforce development opportunities or education. However, DCAYA believes being truly dedicated to children and youth means collaborating with a range of individuals, organizations and groups.
We welcome partnerships and open communication with a variety of entities and stakeholders and we are always happy to have new members. If you are interested in formally joining the Alliance please refer to the Members section of our website for more information.
If you have any questions or would like to inquire about ways to partner and/or support DCAYA please contact Anne Abbott at email@example.com.