With a focus on teen women, young people in foster care, and homeless youth, YWP empowers hundreds of DC youth to tackle real-life issues. In partnership with several DC agencies and working side-by-side with its board, staff, and volunteers, YWP’s youth leaders educate their peers, develop policy, and run campaigns that make a real impact on their daily lives. Youth in foster care become advocates for a better system: expanding education options, improving placement conditions, and fighting youth poverty. Students lead the charge to reduce teen pregnancy and improve reproductive health in their schools: ensuring access to reproductive healthcare, building peer knowledge, and expanding sexual health education. They also work at YWP part-time, earning valuable skills (and a pay check). Thanks to their hard work, changes in local policy have expanded rights for thousands of their peers. Your support builds leaders – and futures.

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Budget (FY2016)

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