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Another Budget Season Ends.

And we've got a LOT to celebrate. So keep an eye out for blogs from DCAYA team members throughout the month, breaking down the major steps we've taken toward ensuring that systems and supports are in place for all of our young people to survive and thrive, here in the District.

Youth Led Mayoral Forum Part 2

Education Forum for DC City Council Chair

We, along with Reading Partners and PAVE, invite you to join us for an education forum with the candidates for DC City Council Chair, moderated by Washington Post columnist Colbert King.
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School Year 2018-2019 OST RFPs!

The United Way of the National Capital Area released two Requests for Proposals from the Office for the Deputy Mayor in support of School Year 2018-2019 Out of School time programming.  For more information on the two RFPs, please visit the link. Applications for both RFPs are due June 21, 2018, and questions may be directed to Abby Bonder, Director of Grants Administration at United Way NCA (
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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.
Download the Guide Now

DCAYA Summer Social

Join us on Thursday, June 28, at Local 16. We will be celebrating our wins from this year's Budget Advocacy Season and taking a collective breath before we jump back into the beginning of our Advocacy Cycle in the Fall.

Youth Related Legislation

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety will hold a Public Hearing on the following Legislation:
  • Bill 22-0778, the "Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018"
The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing should contact the Committee via email at or at (202)724-7808, and provide their name, telephone number, organizational affiliation, and title (if any), by close of business Friday, June 22. Representatives of organizations will be allowed a maximum of five minutes for oral testimony, and individuals will be allowed a maximum of three minutes. Witnesses should bring twenty double-sided copies of their written testimony and, if possible, also submit a copy of their testimony electronically in advance to

Knowledge Center

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018

"Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Today, roughly half (51%) of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 say they use Facebook, notably lower than the shares who use YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat."
Read More Now

For Youth

Are you a teen abolitionists?

President Lincoln's Cottage has a few spots open for local high school students in their award-winning anti-human trafficking program. If you are engaged with any youth who might be interested in this program, please feel free to pass this along!
Apply Now
Find Out About Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project!

YWDEP is holding an open house for girls 10 and older and their parents!
June 17th
Hands On Drums 
602 Rhode Island Ave NE 

This is an opportunity for young women and their parents to meet the teaching artists of YWDEP 2018. Come experience the community of The Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project. 
Apply Now

For Nonprofits

How to Get Sponsors for Events with Better Marketing

"If you’re wondering how to get sponsors for events, it’s time to tap into your marketing skills to effectively identify and motivate potential business supporters. Like fundraising, good marketing means knowing your audience and the things that they care about. In the case of event sponsorships, that means crafting messaging and materials that you can use to convince potential sponsors to take action."
Read More at Wired Impact Now

For Adults

DYRS and the Achievement Centers are partnering with the local clothing designer “EAT” to showcase original designs by their youth! Join them for the event which will take place at the Atlas Theatre 🎭 Friday June 8, 2018!!!
RSVP on Facebook Now
That's it for now. And, as always, if you have any questions, please let us know.
- Your DCAYA Team
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