Can a single organization benefit all children and youth in the District, from cradle to career? Indeed. DCAYA works in concert with young people, government agencies, elected officials, and local youth-serving organizations to tackle the biggest problems affecting our children today. Through research, policy development, and advocacy, it addresses system-level failures in areas like education, housing instability, and youth unemployment. Its 130 member organizations share cutting-edge research in youth development, which DCAYA combines with its own research and data collection. The next step? Using the evidence to raise awareness, craft policy, increase public funding for youth causes, and influence key decision-makers – affecting thousands of young lives. DCAYA also provides networking opportunities for members and youth to share challenges and best practices, uniting our city’s leaders and strengthening their programs. Support this alliance, and you help generations to come.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All

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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for DC Alliance of Youth Advocates is: Less than $500k

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