Among the advocacy work that DCAYA is charged with, is the work to provide recommendations and forward solutions to District government on areas that impact the city’s youth, particularly around the issues of Youth Homelessness, Youth Employment and Out-of-School Time Programming. This budget season DCAYA members provided testimony in the council hearings conducted to provide oversight of the aforementioned areas. Some factors that impacted our testimony included the District’s first major budget shortfall since FY 2003 of about $800 million and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which was established to provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of the national economic downturn. Given these extreme budgetary factors, DCAYA maintained that city leaders should work to make youth a priority in the FY 2010 budget.
Read the entire Budget Advocacy Overview here.