Wednesday, August 23, 2006

DCAYA Back-to-School Breakfast!!!!

Please join us for the DCAYA "Back-to-School Breakfast" on Monday, September 18th, 9-11am.  See the flyer for details.


RSVP to Eshauna Smith by Tuesday, September 12th at


Today's Youth Rally-- Thanks and Next Steps

From Arja Nelson, JDCY Outreach Director:


Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Youth Rally today! Please watch the news to see the event on television!

We'd like to especially thank these organizations and their youth who organized the event:

Youth Education Alliance (YEA)
Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY)
Youth Action Research Group (YARG)

Shout outs to the two MC's who did a fantastic job! Jonathan Stith, YEA and Tawanda Davis, FLY.

Thanks to Lenore Champagne, FLY and Danielle Kurzweil, YARG for working with the youth on their speeches on what youth want!

Thanks to Dana Walters for her excellent work on the 4 E's!

Thanks to everyone who participated including YEA, FLY, YARG, Covenant House Washington, ROOTS, Parent Watch, Latin American Youth Center, ACLU, Youth Empowerment Resource Center and the Inclusion Research Institute, and ! DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA). Thanks also to Eshauna Smith from DCAYA for bringing food coupons and voter registration information!

If we forgot to mention anyone, we apologize (and please let us know who you are!)


Stop the War on DC Youth!
Campaign Strategy Meeting & Media Spokesperson Training
Wednesday, August 30th
5:30 - 6:30 pm Strategy meeting
6:30 - 7:30 pm Media Spokesperson Training
RSVP to Arja Nelson at
Food will be provided

If you would like more tee-shirts, bracelets, campaign action packets, or voter guides please contact me!

Here are a few upcoming events:

August 26 - Calling 800 Mentors for Ward 8
12 noon - 4pm
2907 MLK Ave., SE
Contacts: J! oyce Scott 202.248.1688; Vera Johnson 202.437.5583;
Ron Moten 202.906.0488

August 31 - Open Our Libraries Now!
Rally at Anacostia Public Library
5:00-7:30 pm
Contact Robin at 202.387.8030

September 18th - Citizens Crime Summit
Location (to be determined)
Contact Johnny Barnes, ACLU 202.547.0800

September 18th - DCAYA Back to School Breakfast
ARC Community Room, 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE
9-10 am breakfast; 10-11 DCAYA Coalition Meeting
Contact Eshauna Smith 202.657.2541


5 Promises to Kids Campaign

DC Action for Children launched its "5 Promises to Kids" campaign! Check it out here

Make Your Promise To DC Kids Today!

DC Action for Children's (DC ACT) 5 Promises to Kids Campaign urges the newly elected mayor of DC this November to address the most critical needs of the city's youngest residents. Over the next 2 months, beginning July 31, DC ACT will release 5 critical promises-one per week. We look to encourage city leadership to make and honor their commitment to children in DC. If you work or live in DC, please find out how you can support our campaign by clicking the link above. We hope that you will join this worthwhile movement!

Promise #1 Safe Children

Promise #2 Youth Opportunity

Promise #3 Fair Chance

Promise #4 Government Accountability

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Rally August 23rd!!

DCAYA is supporting this rally on August 23rd in conjunction with the Justice for DC Youth Coalition and other youth advocates to ensure that the Crime Bill and Curfew ENDS at 90 days!!

Led and planned by young people, this is a great opportunity for you to show your support and a great experience for young people that you may work with.

Come out and help us send the message that instead of the three C's -



and anti-CONFIDENTIALITY measures

We stand for the three E's -





WEDNESDAY, August 23,2006



Pennsylvania Ave. between 13th and 14th !

by : Federal Triangle Metro

Directly across from the Mayor's Office

END the Crime Bill at 90 days!

The mayor's emergency crime bill will not reduce crime or increase public safety. Instead it will unfairly target youth and fails to address's the real issues that lead to crime in DC!

Fight the youth curfew, as well as new cameras, new court procedures, and anti-confidentiality measures which will have a negative impact on our city's youth. Come to show support, spread the word, and work o! n the petition effort.

For more information, contact Arja Nelson, 202-386-9809