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We can see the FY2019 Budget Advocacy finish line!!

And thank you to everyone who's helped us get closer to our advocacy goals, so far. But as you may have seen from our last and final toolkit for the season, the work isn't done yet.

So keep on reading for a recap of what's next, as well as other youth and youth advocacy related news and updates.

FY2019 Budget Advocacy

So what's coming up this month for this season's advocacy efforts?
  • May 2 to 4 - Committee Mark-ups and Reporting on Agency Budgets for Fiscal Year 2019
  • May 8 - Budget Work Session 10 am
  • May 15 - Committee of the Whole and Council consideration of the "Fiscal Year 2019 Local Budget Act of 2018", "Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Portion Budget Request Act of 2018" and the "Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Act of 2018
  • May 29 - Council consideration of the "Fiscal Year 2019 Local Budget Act of 2018"and the "Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Portion Budget Request Act of 2018"
Review our FY2019 Asks Now

Youth Led Mayoral Forum

Registration is open for young people who want to attend our Youth Led Mayoral Forum, a joint endeavor led by the Youth Mayoral Forum Leadership Team and supported by DCAYA, Critical Exposure, and Mikva DC.

The forum will take place from Noon to 3pm, on Saturday, May 19. And young people will have an opportunity to ask the Mayoral Candidates questions on a range of issues that affect young people in DC -- issues like access to a quality education, affordable housing, juvenile justice, transportation policy, and access to pathways to the middle class.
Young People Register Now

Any Given Child DC Survey

Arts and Humanities Organization and Teaching Artists, if you haven't completed this survey yet, the Any Given Child DC Community Arts Team would love for you to participate.

The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete, and is for those who offer programming to DC Public School Students. More information can be found at the survey link.
Take the Survey Now

Help Design DC's School Report Card

Last fall, OSSE engaged with nearly 1,900 parents, families, and community members like you from across DC to learn what content you want to see in our city’s new school report card tool.
Now, they need your help to make critical design and layout decisions for the tool!
Take the online survey below to tell OSSE what you think about the tool’s design elements, such as layout and ways to visually represent data. Your feedback will help OSSE build a tool that is as easy as possible to navigate and understand. The survey closes on May 4.

To view and share the survey in Spanish, follow the link at the bottom of the front page of the survey.
Get Started Now

Learn 24 Events


Strategic Plan Community Input Sessions

The OST Office will be hosting a series of community input sessions to gather feedback, ideas, comments and suggestions on the draft strategic plan being developed by the Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes. The sessions will be held on May 11 from 10:00 - 11:30 am; May 24 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm and May 30 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Email for more information or to RSVP.
For More Info or to RSVP

Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes Public Meeting

The Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6 to 7:30 pm at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW, Room 1107 South. The OST Commission will finalize the draft bylaws for the OST Commission and discuss the strategic plan. In addition, the Commission will hear updates from the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office).

Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify the OST Office in advance by phone at (202) 481-3932 or by email at Individuals should furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any, and if available. Individuals should also submit one electronic copy of their testimony by Monday, May 14 at 5 pm.
View Draft Meeting Documents Now

DCAYA Events

Summer Social

We're returning to Local Sixteen for a casual summer social*. It will be a chance to celebrate FY2019 Budget wins as well as relax before the Fiscal Year starts in the fall.

*Pro Bono event support provided by 621 Events
Register Now

Member News & Events

DC Collaborative Spring Member's Meeting

Join the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative Please at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for a celebration of the 2017-2018 school year, on Wednesday, May 16.
Register Now

2018 New Play Festival

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices. Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater produces a festival of plays from a diverse group of YPT students who have participated in the In-School Playwriting Program in celebration of these students' hard work and dedication to the craft of playwriting.
Get Your Tickets Now

Art Therapy at LAYC is Helping Youth Communicate, Reflect, and Heal

"LAYC youth face many mental health challenges that can stem from complex family issues, homelessness, substance use, immigration status, and trauma. As a mental health counselor with a Master of Art Therapy degree, I regularly integrate art therapy techniques in my counseling work to connect with youth and facilitate constructive processes of expression, reflection, and healing."
Read More Now
"Did you know that stress can contribute to child abuse? Research by psychologists such as Dr. Richard Abadin, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia and creator of the Parental Stress Index, has shown that stress can lead to potentially dysfunctional parent-child relationships. Families facing poverty, homelessness, insufficient education, behavioral health concerns and other challenges are at higher risk of experiencing child abuse and neglect."
Read More Now

For Nonprofits

Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS Arts

Please join Nathan Diamond, Director of the Arts for DC Public Schools, for the DC Collaborative's next presentation in the Connecting to the Curriculum series. Nathan will provide an overview of the Framework for Arts Learning, as well as providing details on the current state of development and implementation. He will provide information on the future of the Cornerstone initiative in the arts as well as the DCPS Arts Performance and Exhibition Series.
Register Now


Communication Officers Forgathered For Enabling Effectiveness is a working/support group for communications and marketing professionals at DCAYA member organizations. The group meets quarterly to network and dive into specific communications challenges and issues. If you are on staff at a DCAYA member organization and responsible for communicating to your community, please contact JR Russ, Director of Community Engagement, for more info.
Email JR
That's it for now. We hope to see you at our Summer Social! And, as always, if you have any questions, please let us know.
- JR Russ, Director of Community Engagement
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