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It's 2018 & we're hitting the ground running.

After a lovely break, we're ready to tackle 2018 and in true DCAYA form, we're not wasting any time! Between an upcoming hearing, our 2018 Youth Advocacy for Action Member Summit and some stellar events, we have tons of ways for you and the youth and families you serve to plug in and help support smart policy, practice and funding in the District of Columbia. Take a look below, and know we're thrilled to see you in the very near future!

Youth Advocacy for Action Summit

So far, almost 100 of you have registered, representing at least 50 organizations. If you haven't reserved your free spot yet, we recommend you do so sooner than later, especially because Registration closes at noon on Friday, January 12.

And we'll see you at the National Press Club, on Wednesday, January 17.
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Summer Strong DC Grant RFP

"The 2018 Summer Strong DC Grant Competition RFP invites high-performing, non-profit, youth development organizations serving children and youth between the ages of 5 – 21 years with a summer program that addresses key youth developmental outcomes to apply. Organizations applying must primarily serve District children and youth and demonstrate positive youth development in the program design."

Applications are due 5pm on January 31.
Apply Now

Hearing on DC's Summer Youth Employment Program

The Committee on Labor & Workforce Development will hold a Public Hearing on the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Enhancement Amendment Act of 2017, beginning at 10 am on Wednesday, January 18.

Councilmember Elissa Silverman, Chair of the Committee, introduced legislation to improve the quality of the MBSYEP program for youth 14 to 24. Key provisions of the bill include making life skills a centerpiece of the work experience, ensuring age-appropriate job placements, streamlining the application process, and reserving program slots for older youth who are not in school or working.

And we need you to testify. We especially need more input from our providers who work with youth with disabilities to vet the legislation's proposed enhancements for this population of youth, although we should note that we were very happy to see recommendations from this summer's Youth Workforce All-call meeting represented by the provision that will extend communications to the parents and providers of youth with disabilities.

Please share any feedback you have on the bill with Amy Dudas, our Director of Re-engagement & Workforce Initiatives. And if you can, please sign up to testify.
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DCAYA Events

They Call Us Monsters Screening & Panel

Please join Campaign for Youth Justice and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates at Landmark E Street Cinema for a special screening of ‘They Call Us Monsters’ in Washington, DC.

There's just one catch: In order for this screening to happen, we need at least 100 people to reserve their tickets by January 22. So if you can make it, please get yours sooner than later.

And if you CAN make it, make sure to stay after the film for a panel discussion looking at the intersection of juvenile justice and youth advocacy. So save the date, Wednesday, January 31, and reserve your ticket now.
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Spring Gathering

Whether you were or weren't able to make it to our December Holiday gathering at Local 16, we hope you can make it to our next one.

It will help kick off our Spring Advocacy season, with Performance Oversight and Budget hearings. We're still finalizing our venue and will be able to share more details once we do. In the meantime, please save our event page for it.
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What do you Mean "Those" Young People

Join us after a matinee performance of Underground Railroad Game at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, for a discussion tackling the intersection of ageism and racism, through a Positive Youth Development lens.

This event is free for all, and you do not have to attend the matinee for admission to our "Un-Panel".
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For Youth

Research Science Institute Application

Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research.
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2018 Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award Application

Since 2015, The Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award has recognized young people who demonstrate the spirit of and commitment to public service and who have faced and overcome barriers and challenges to success. The lecture and youth award serves as an ongoing tribute to our founder, Sam Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, workforce, and policy outcomes
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For Nonprofits

The Praxis Partnership

"The Praxis Partnership is a 12-month, customized capacity building engagement designed to increase organizational effectiveness, sustainability, and growth. Each year Fair Chance partners with a select cohort of nonprofit organizations that are likely to benefit most from our intensive, holistic capacity building approach, and have great potential to improve the lives of children/youth living in poverty."

Application deadline is 5pm on January 8.
Apply Today

New York Life Foundation Aim High Grant

"This coming May, the New York Life Foundation will make 26 awards to out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged youth through their Aim High grant program. The Aim High program is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in middle school OST programs to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade on time."

RFP closes on January 26.
Apply Today

For Adults

Volunteer at our Summit

Help make our 2nd annual Youth Advocacy for Action Summit a success. We need volunteers to help setup, register attendees, support facilitators, breakdown, and more.
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Director of Programs and Evaluation, Fair Chance

"Fair Chance is seeking a Director of Programs and Evaluation to play an integral role as a member of the senior management team, helping lead and guide the organization’s signature capacity building program, outreach to potential applicants and strategic partners, and overall strategic direction."
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Regional Executive Director, College Track

"College Track is seeking a highly motivated, driven, entrepreneurial leader to serve as the DC Region’s Executive Director. The Executive Director will create and drive a regional, multi-year strategy and vision of impact that is rooted in the organization’s mission to empower students to achieve their dream of a college degree."
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Youth-Friendly DC

Posts from the past month on DCAYA's official blog.

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017

Check out the top ten posts you and your fellow youth advocates read last year!
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Amanda's Story of How and Why She Came to Join DCAYA's Board

This week, we were grateful to feature a guest post from Amanda Fuchs Miller, one of the newest additions to DCAYA's Board of Directors. Julia was kind enough to share a bit about her work and why supporting DCAYA matters to her, personally and professionally.
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Julia’s Story of How and Why She Became DCAYA’s FIRST Monthly Donor

This week, we were grateful to feature a guest post from Julia H. Cain, a staff member at a community-based organization here in the District as well as DCAYA’s first monthly donor. Julia was kind enough to share a bit about her work and why supporting DCAYA matters to her, personally and professionally.
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Chronic Absenteeism and Disengagement are NOT Solely Education Issues

The results of the WAMU investigation into Ballou High School are gut-wrenching. Graduating dozens of high school students regardless of whether they were adequately prepared for graduation is setting up DC’s young people for failure.
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We cannot wait to see you at the Summit on the 17th, or any of our other events coming up! And if you have any questions, concerns or news you'd like to share, please know you can always email me or the rest of the team here at DCAYA,

- Maggie Riden
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