- Policy and Advocacy
A youth-friendly city is the embodiment of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the local level, which in practice means that youth rights are reflected in policies, laws, programs, and budgets. We believe that the holistic, positive development of District of Columbia youth is essential to the healthy present and future of our city. We recognize that a Youth-Friendly City benefits everyone, not just youth. We envision a city committed to honoring the rights of all young people.
In a Youth-Friendly City:
The interests of young people are the primary concern of any action taken in their name
Youth influence decisions about their community
Youth experience positive family, community, and social encounters
Youth receive the highest quality basic human rights including education, career pathways, housing, health care, a clean environment, and nutritious meals
Youth are protected from exploitation, violence, and abuse
Youth have opportunities for enrichment, cultural exploration, and play
Youth have full access to resources and services, regardless of who they are or where they live.
All of DCAYA's work contributes to the creation of a "Youth-Friendly DC".
If you are interested in learning more or contributing to specific part of the campaign, please contact DCAYA Policy Analyst Anne Abbott.
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