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Hope you're enjoying your summer.

Community Reunion

Save the Date

Friday, September 21, 2018
6:30 to 9pm

We wanted to take some time this Fall to celebrate this year's advocacy wins. And then begin the work to do it all again for 2019!

So save the date. Keep an eye out for an email invitation to get your tickets, on Tuesday, August 21

Summer Membership Drive

So if you work with young people in the District, you're already working with a member organization. Since our work is driven by ensuring there are programs and services to help DC youth in all 8 wards not just survive but thrive, anyone who works with a young person is a member of our alliance. That being said, if your organization is able to officially join our membership, please reach out to Maggie Riden at or simply fill out the form below on our website.
Become a Member

Kids Ride Free Card Distribution

As you may know, The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school-related activities. 

To be eligible, students must be :
  • a resident of the District of Columbia
  • between the ages 5 and 21
  • enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, private, charter or parochial school located within the District; or a "Ward of DC" through the Foster Care System.
Distribution Dates and Locations
And read more about new changes to Kids Ride Free in this week's blog from Mariah Green, linked at the end of this email.

2018 Youth Count DC

Every year, The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) together with the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Youth Subcommittee of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness (DCICH) plans and conducts the Homeless Youth Census (HYC) – or “Youth Count DC” – in an effort to better understand the scope and scale of homelessness and housing instability among youth living in the District. The 2018 Youth Count DC will take place from September 21st to September 29th, 2018. The information collected in this nine-day survey event creates an annual “snapshot” of the number of youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability that helps us track progress toward the District’s strategic plan to end youth homelessness.
We invite organizations who regularly encounter homeless and unstably-housed youth to help us collect this important information. If your organization has participated in past years, you should be contacted in the coming weeks by someone from TCP or the HYC planning team to plan for 2018. If you have never participated and want to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact Elisabeth Young at

And keep an eye out for more information about the Youth Count DC Kick-Off Event on September 21st!

For Youth

Smithsonian Secretary's Youth Advisory Council

The Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council (SSYAC) was established by Secretary David Skorton as a way for the Smithsonian to gain advice from young people in the Washington, D.C., community and insight on how well it resonates with area youth.

The Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council ensures that the thoughts and ideas of the young people in our community help guide the important work they do at the Institution.
Apply Now

Joy of Motion Youth Auditions

 Students in Grades 3-12 are welcome and encouraged to sign up for Joy of Motion's next round of auditions for the 2018-19 Youth Dance Ensemble (YDE), American Dance Conservatory (ADC), and Youth Performance Companies.. You don’t need to be a current Joy of Motion student or even have substantial past experience in the style.
Sign Up Now
Do you have opportunities for our young people, which we can help share? Want us to include something in next month's newsletter? Just email JR Russ at

For Nonprofits

Community Influences: Understanding Nonprofit Markets

"Nonprofit organizations operate in dynamic and lively communities with shifting political landscapes, funder priorities, constituent needs, and demographics. For many for-profit businesses, the direct relationship with their customers creates a feedback system allowing them to understand the impact these changes will have on their business model."

This article comes from the summer 2018 issue of the Nonprofit Quarterly, “Nonprofits as Engines of a More Equitable Economy.”
Read More Now

New Changes to Kids Ride Free

Here’s What You Should Know!

With the hard work of the Mayor’s administration, and input of youth advocates, all students attending DC Public Schools, charters and private schools are eligible to ride the Metrobus, Metrorail and DC Circulator to school and school-related programs for  free via the Kids Ride Free Program (KRF).

We hear from members frequently that the program is a critically important resource for the District’s students, despite a number of administrative challenges that have arisen since the program was initially introduced in 2013. In June, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that the 2018-19 school year will come with significant changes to the program’s administration and implementation. To ensure students continue to take advantage of this resource, below are some important updates all students should be aware of for the upcoming school year
Read More 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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