Monday, January 28, 2008

March General Body Meeting

What: DCAYA General Body Meeting
When: Friday, March 14, 2008, 9:30-11am
Where: Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives

1201 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (between Dupont Circle & Farragut North Metro Stations)

Please join us as DCAYA’s three core committees - Youth Employment, Youth Homelessness, and Out-of-School-Time report on the exciting advocacy efforts for 2008, and discuss for upcoming projects and events.

In addition, our guest speaker for this meeting will be Nicholette Smith-Bligen, Administrator, Child & Family Services Administration, Office of Youth Development.

Ms. Smith-Bligen will provide an overview of how Child and Family Services works to assist families in Washington DC and the particular role of the Office of Youth Development.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Rally to Support Summer Youth Programs Photos Online!

On October 30th, DCAYA organized 100 young people, parents, concerned residents and youth advocates from across the city to rally on the steps of the Wilson Building on Tuesday. The purpose of the rally was to urge Mayor Adrian Fenty to invest $6 million of the city’s $100 million surplus to preserve summer youth programs in 2008.

Without additional funds, dozens of summer programs that help thousands of youth build skills, increase academic achievement and develop healthy behaviors will be eliminated or dramatically cut. Since 2006, funding from the city to the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation’s summer programming has been cut by more than half, from $6 million in FY 2006 to $2.5 million in FY 2008, leaving summer programs in real danger.

Each year, the city awards funds to the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, which then makes grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) that operate summer arts, academic enrichment and recreational programs throughout the city. In 2007, CYITC made grants to more than 100 organizations, reaching more than 10,000 children and youth.

These programs help young people fight the learning loss that occurs during the summer months and, by keeping youth active and providing healthy meals, the programs also help to take on obesity. In 2006, for example, 29,000 children ate nutritional breakfast and lunch through the CYITC-backed programs.

These programs work to actively engage young people in learning, with interesting activities offered such as playwriting workshops, a NASA astronomy program, and field trips to the Frederick Douglass National Historical Site and the National Museum of History. Of course, the programs are careful to balance the fun factor as well, taking participants to Nationals games and on nature excursions.

Related documents:
Press release

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

DCAYA First Annual Membership Meeting is January 24th!

The DC Alliance of Youth Advocates’ 1st Annual Membership Meeting is around the corner!

WHAT: DC Alliance of Youth Advocates’ 1st Annual Membership Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2008, 4:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

This will be an opportunity to acknowledge all DCAYA members for your efforts and commitment to the youth of DC!