DCAYA White Paper, Community Input Meetings, Lights on Afterschool, and more 
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FY2018 has begun!

And we've hit the fiscal ground running.

One thing to keep an eye out for near the end of the month, other than the usual ghosts and goblins, will be an announcement from the Mayor and DC Council about some exciting new information and an update on the Office on Youth Outcomes and Grants.

In the meantime, we have a white paper breaking down some of the local impact from federal funding. We've got dates for our annual community input meetings, which help set the foundation for each spring's budget advocacy efforts. And there's a number of great reports, programs, and events. So let's just get right to it.

DCAYA White Paper: Federal Budget Impacts on DC

This document is intended to provide an evolving picture of how the 2018 Federal Budget could impact DC children, youth, families and the organizations that serve them. As you review the following chart, keep in mind that due to the federal funding cycle, any decisions made in the FY2018 Federal Budget will not - generally - impact DC funding until FY2019. We will continue to update this document as information is made available and decisions are made.
Download White Paper Here

DCAYA Community Input Meetings

Mark Your Calendars! Our Community Input Meetings kick off in several weeks. They are quintessential opportunities for you to weigh in! The feedback you provide on critical youth programming will steer what we talk about during performance and budget hearings in the spring. So save the dates and keep an eye out for issue specific emails with more information.
  • Wednesday, October 25, 10am to Noon: Youth Homelessness
  • Thursday, October 26, 1 to 3pm: Disconnected Youth
  • Wednesday, November 1, 10am to Noon: Expanded Learning
  • Thursday, November 2, 1 to 3pm: Youth Workforce Development
In case you're not sure what issues you've indicated an interest in, you can check at the end of this mailing by clicking "update subscription preferences".

DCAYA discount to Wilderness at the Kennedy Center

Our friends at the Kennedy Center are offering the DCAYA community a 25% discount to tickets for Wilderness.

"This pulsating new multimedia documentary theater work—derived from the real-life stories of six families exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity—features an evocative folk rock score, video projections, and emotionally charged movement."

The play runs Thursday, October 12 until Sunday, October 15. You can get your discount by using the following code for manual entry, calling, or going to the box office in person: 272935. Or simply click on the link below.
Get your discount tickets at

Lights on Afterschool

October is Afterschool Awareness Month!! So tell Afterschool Alliance how you plan to celebrate Lights on Afterschool on October 26. When you register your event as an official Lights on Afterschool celebration, you’ll receive an event starter kit, which includes 10 free posters to help you promote your event, and make you eligible for cool prizes each week.
Register Your Event Here

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, DC

In case you missed it, this past Friday the DC Collaborative announced that Washington, DC is the 25th city to participate in the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child program:

"Any Given Child Washington, D.C. will expand the DC Collaborative members and education leaders to work optimally with all public and private stakeholders. Our Collaborative work, Our Collaborative Effect, remains a truly collective project from planning to implementation. We are a culture capital. We collectively put our world-class cultural amenities to best use for DC students and look forward to creating a plan that will be inclusive and vital."
Read More at DC Collaborative's Story Bank Now

For Nonprofits

Youth-Serving Organizations Can Create, Sustain High-Quality Arts Programs To Develop Teens’ Arts Skills, Wallace Study Finds

October 3, 2017

"Youth-serving organizations can create and manage high-quality afterschool arts programs reflecting practices used by exemplary programs that specialize in the arts, according to a study by Research for Action and McClanahan Associates funded by The Wallace Foundation.

The local youth-serving organizations in the study were already providing a broad range of afterschool programs. But with strong support from a national youth-serving organization, they were able to successfully apply principles for high-quality arts programming and involve low-income urban teens."
Read the Press Release Here

Investing in the next generation: A bottom-up approach to creating better outcomes for children and youth

August 15, 2017

"The American dream is built on the promise of upward social mobility. In the middle of the 20th century, rates of upward mobility improved across the socioeconomic spectrum. But over the course of the past 30 years, the vast majority of our population has seen mobility rates stagnate.[1] For too many, the American dream has stalled. 

Restoring higher levels of social mobility will be among the most important political, social, and economic challenges of our time. Already, we’ve witnessed how frustration over this stagnation can destabilize our national institutions and divide our society. The longer we wait to address the issue, the more tumultuous our politics will become."
Download the Report Here

For Youth

Free DYRS Programs

Know youth that might be interested in free programs from the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services? Classes include Culinary Arts, Music Production, Gang Prevention and more. They'll just need an ID or school ID. Classes are located at 450 H St NW or 2101 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE.
Download Flyer Now

For Adults

Domestic Violence in the District: Why the Youth Service Response Needs to Be Different

October 18 at the John A. Wilson Building

Did you know October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? One of the many events which DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence is hosting is a youth centric briefing at the Wilson Building. Learn about prevention and intervention efforts around dating and domestic violence in the youth community.

Youth-Friendly DC

Just a couple of highlights from September's blog posts.

Child Care Testimony from today's Hearing from Maggie Riden - September 27

Today, the Committees on Education & Health held a hearing on B22-203, the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act & B22-355, the Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act. Maggie Riden, Executive Director of DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, provided testimony.
Read More Now

Introducing Ramina Davidson, DCAYA's new Senior Policy Analyst - September 13

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ramina Davidson to the DCAYA team.
Read More Now
We hope to see you at one, if not more, of the community input meetings!

As always, if you have any questions, just let us know.
- Your DCAYA Team
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