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Advocacy season starts NEXT WEEK!

Yes, Performance Oversight Hearings begin next week. And we've highlighted ones that you may want to put on your calendar in this week's blog post. If you want to testify, it's never too early to sign up. We'll also be starting up our e-toolkit, which we implemented for the first time last year.

So stay tuned for more information here, and on our social channels. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to Amy Dudas or Ramina Davidson, based on related issue areas with your own work and interests. In the meantime, this email's jam packed with information and opportunities for everyone. So check it out.

MBSYEP Application is Open

Application for the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program opened last Friday. Eligible youth must be between the ages of 14 to 24 by the start date of the program, Monday, June 25, 2018. The deadline to apply is Saturday, February 24, 2018, and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Youth Apply Here

Any Given Child DC Survey

As you may have already seen (at least if you're on our Expanded Learning interest list), DC was named the 25th Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child (AGC) community. This Collective Impact program is facilitated through The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in tandem with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative’s National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact grant. As part of that, the AGC Community Arts Team needs your help. They are collecting data from organizations and individual teaching artists that provide arts and humanities programming in DC Public Schools during the school day. If that's you, please take this survey.
Take the Survey

PRSA-NCC Call for Proposals

The National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-NCC) is seeking proposals from local nonprofit organizations that have a public relations challenge or opportunity and need additional resources to effectively address the issue. Their goal is to support the community by assisting a nonprofit organization with its public relations efforts, as an adjunct to an existing team or infrastructure, for a two-year engagement.

DCAYA was thrilled to be PRSA-NCC's inaugural client, and we strongly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity. The deadline is Friday, February 9, at midnight.
Submit Your Proposal Now

DECC 2018 Platform Assembly

After holding eight house meetings all across the city in fall 2017, it was clear that DC Education Coalition for Change (DECC) members want to address items in next year's budget that directly relate to ending the school-to-prison pipeline, increasing equity of funding, and increasing services for kids who need them most.

They need your help in deciding what those particular asks look like. Join DECC on February 21, from 6:30-8:30 pm, to discuss their requests for the FY2019 budget. They rely on collective action to ensure that elected officials and policy makers hear from all stakeholders when deciding budget priorities.
Register Now

DCAYA Events

Check out some of DCAYA's upcoming events! Hope you can make at least one of them.

Advocacy Mid-Season Rally

Join DCAYA Board and Staff at Local 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 on Wednesday, March 28. We'll be around to help energize and galvanize our youth advocacy community for Budget Hearings at DC Council. And we'll have an uber-short, 5 minute presentation, highlighting our main advocacy asks for the FY2019 budget, and Budget Hearing dates to save on your calendars.
We're also looking for volunteers to help out with this event.
Sign Up

What Do You Mean THOSE Youth

Our first collaboration with Woolly Mammoth Theatre's Connectivity department is coming up in April. After a matinee performance of Underground Railroad Game, we will be facilitating an un-panel conversation looking at the intersection of ageism and racism, and how that relates to adults being effective and invested allies and advocates for our young people.
Save the Date

Member Event Highlights

Member organizations! Do you have an upcoming event that we could share in our monthly newsletter. Email JR with the info, an image, and a link.

DC Collaborative Members Advocacy Meeting

Our friends at the DC Collaborative invite you to join them for their Winter Members Meeting at GALA Hispanic Theatre on Thursday, February 8, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. As a lead in to National Youth Art Month and National Arts Advocacy Day in March, their annual Winter Members Meeting will once again have an arts and humanities education advocacy focus.
Register Now

Silence Is Violence: Whose Earth Is This?

Silence Is Violence has been Young Playwright's Theater most immediate and direct route of addressing social justice issues affecting Washington, DC area youth through performance and community dialogue. Tickets for the March 5 performance go on sale February 5.
More Info

Our Words Our City

Join DC SCORES for a night of inspiring poetry featuring the 2018 Our Words Our City cohort on March 8th at Studio Theatre. They will highlight some of the most outstanding young DC SCORES poet-athletes from our 20th Annual Poetry Slam! alongside distinguished, professional spoken word artists!
Register Now
Advocacy Pro-Tip
Testimony Tweets

Amy Dudas, our Director of Re-engagement & Workforce Initiatives, began doing something awesome last advocacy season. In addition to preparing her written testimony in advance, she also pulled out Tweetable nuggets for easy tweeting. This cut down on the time and energy it took for JR Russ, Director of Community Engagement, to editorialize and have to tweet out excerpts of Amy's testimony on the day of the hearing. So we thought we'd share an example, from recent testimony provided during a hearing on the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Enhancement Act. Check it out and let us know what you think. If you are able to do this and send us a copy in advance, we will do our best to amplify your testimony. And even if you aren't able to get us testimony in advance, you can also send out three or so tweets highlighting crucial nuggets from your testimony.

For Youth

GirlsLEAD Registration

Hosted by the Young Women’s Advisory Council of the Young Women’s Initiative at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the Summit will be an opportunity for girls between the ages of 12-24 residing in the District of Columbia to learn, connect, gain valuable skills and lift their voices on the issues that are important to them and impact their communities and neighborhoods.

The summit is free and open to all young women and girls of color, transgender girls and gender non-conforming youth in the City. Chaperones and adult mentors can attend the conference at no cost.
Register Now
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is offering free lifeguard training certification courses for Summer 2018. Courses run from now through June 2018 and DPR has waived all fees until March 31, 2018. DC residents and residents from surrounding areas can register now.
Sign Up Today

Powerful Beyond Measure Future Fund

Powerful Beyond Measure (PBM) opened the application cycle for the Future Fund on January 10th to young adults in multiple East Coast states. PBM’s Future Fund was established to grant small, monetary gifts in support of the goals and greatness of youth (up to age 25). The objective is to offer a resource that helps actualize an individual's vision for their future by removing a financial barrier, which may prevent a dream from being realized.

Applications must be sumbitted by Febrary 6, 2018.
Download the Application
Check out Digging Up Dessa at the Kennedy Center, a world premiere which was commissioned as part of the Women's Voices Theatre Festival:
Dessa is a 21st-century girl with no shortage of struggles, secrets, and mysteries to solve. From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. Luckily, thanks to the mysterious appearance of a remarkable friend—the pioneering 19th-century English paleontologist Mary Anning—young Dessa knows just how to excavate them!
Find Tickets

For Nonprofits

U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Presents: Workforce of Tomorrow, is the preeminent conference for leaders across multiple industries, from corporate CEOs to university presidents, and influential board chairs to top policymakers. Committed to examining the complexities of developing a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and math, these leaders bring their key insights, innovative strategies, and industry best practices to develop solutions for advancing this effort.

DCAYA members also have a discount code for complimentary registration to the conference! It is "DCAYAVIP".
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On Feb 1st from 630pm -830pm Office of Student Advocate, Markus Batchelor SBOE Member, and Excel Academy PCS will host a Special Education Workshop with small breakouts and opportunities to meet with Partners include Office of the State Superintendent of Education, DC Special Education Cooperative, DC Public Schools, Advocates for Justice and Education Inc., DC Ombudsman for Public Education, and Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services.
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Youth Spotlight

"I originally came to the Boys and Girls Club because I had friends who attended. While I initially thought it was just a place to hang out, I quickly learned that the Club had a lot more to offer afterschool and in the summer. Caring staff who serve as mentors, leadership development opportunities, and future planning are just a few of the benefits I have been able to experience."

Read more from Kaleb Robertson, a senior at Green Bay West High School, who was named a 2016-2017 Youth Afterschool Ambassador by Afterschool Alliance, in his guest blog for them, "I wanted to create something ...that shared the power and impact of my afterschool program".

For Adults

GirlsLEAD Summit

Hosted by the Young Women’s Advisory Council of the Young Women’s Initiative at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the Summit will be an opportunity for girls between the ages of 12-24 residing in the District of Columbia to learn, connect, gain valuable skills and lift their voices on the issues that are important to them and impact their communities and neighborhoods.

GirlsLEAD Call for Workshops

If you and your friends want to facilitate a workshop at the Summit on an issue or topic important to you or your community, click here for the call for proposals.
Propose a Workshop

GirlsLEAD Speed Mentoring

At the GirlsLEAD Summit, 200 women leaders working in the social and private sectors in the DC Metropolitan Region will come together to give career and life advice to young women and girls attending the conference.
Become a Mentor

Trauma Informed Care Training

Back once again by popular demand, Trauma Informed Care 2.0, will cover how past traumatic events effect behavior, how to best care for kids from hard places, and things to keep in mind when building relationships with children and parents who may have experienced trauma.

Job Opening at the Cafritz Foundation

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is looking for a Program Officer - Education. Incorporated in 1948, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of residents in the Washington metropolitan area. The Foundation has three grant cycles annually, awarding on average $15 to $18 million to qualifying 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in the areas of Arts and Humanities, Community Services, Education, Health and Environment.
Download Job Description
Connected Science Learning is for submission to include in their fall issue highlighting afterschool partnerships. Connected Science Learning publishes original research showing outcomes and impacts of in-school and out-of-school STEM learning partnerships. And if you don't have the capacity for a longer submission, they ask people to consider submitting a brief, a shorter pieces that highlights research results, curriculum considerations, or is a short description of a publication, video, or website.
See Guidelines
On Feb 10th from 930am -11:30am Office of Student Advocate, Karen Williams SBOE President, and Ward 7 Education Council will host at Rocketship Legacy PCS our Ward 7 Parent Leadership Series Session II: Parent Power Advocacy to Action workshop with DC Fiscal Policy Institute.
Register Now

Youth-Friendly DC

January highlights from DCAYA's official blog.

2018 Hearing Dates

It's that time of the year! We've highlighted dates related to DC youth and the work of our member organizations. Check 'em out.
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Reflecting on the Meaning of Youth Leadership

Check out the debut post of Mariah Green, our Youth Voice Fellow. Mariah shares her thoughts on Youth Leadership, as she reflects on working with and managing our Youth Mayoral Forum Leadership Team, 15 young people selected to organize a public forum with this year's Mayoral Candidates.
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Celebrating the Graduation of our Third Youth Workforce Leaders Academy Cadre

Amy Dudas recaps the culminating event of our Youth Workforce Leaders Academy, also known as YWLA (pronounced You-La). Also included in this post are mini-profiles on each candidates, including the organizations they were affiliated with as well as their capstone projects.
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Join our #WeNeed25 Advocacy Campaign

It's our latest action alert, from Ramina Davidson. We've teamed up with up with Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE) and the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) to ask the Mayor and DC Council for $25 million to fund afterschool and summer programming for all students at risk of academic failure due to poverty.
Read Now
That's it for February. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. And if there were ever a time to consider supporting our work, the beginning of our main advocacy season is a good one.
Give Here
We look forward to hitting the advocacy pavement with you over the next several months. And, as always, if you have any questions, please let us know,
- JR Russ, Director of Community Engagement
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