- Policy and Advocacy
DCAYA is committed to ensuring that all young people have access to quality neighborhood before school, after-school, and summer programs (commonly known as Out-of- School Time Programs).To help reach this goal, DCAYA is working with DC government and CBOs across the city to inform the public about the important, life-changing role that out-of-school time programs play in young people's lives.
DCAYA's advocacy efforts are centered around the recommendations that come out of our robust Membership Committees. These committees serve as monthly round tables for the various concerns of direct service providers, policy professionals, nationally engaged organizations,DCAYA's staff, and our Board of Directors. Monthly meetings allow DCAYA to respond to current issues and concerns in the OST sector in a timely manner while also serving to keep us connected to our valuable base of service providers.
Current Committee Members for the OST Committee Include:
Gerry Kittner-Committee Chair, Beacon House
Maggie Riden, DCAYA
Amy Brady, Brainfood
Andria Hollis, Kid Power DC
Brandi Pretlow, Horton's Kids
Surjeet Ahiuwalea, Asian American LEAD
Suzy Hirsch, Chess Challenge DC
Katie Vinopal, DC Hunger Solutions
Wanda Holmes, Martha's Table
Stephenetta Benjamin, National Center for Children and Families
If you are interested in joining in DCAYA's advocacy efforts via the Out of School Time Commitee please contact our Membership Coordinator by clicking here.
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