The leadership and education of youth as self-advocates and informed citizens is a starting point – but it’s not enough. We need laws and policies that are more responsive to the conditions of youth lives. We need them effectively implemented. And we need informed, empowered youth participating in the decision making that impacts their lives. YWP responds to these needs through two campaigns – one focused on improving the lives of youth in foster care, one on expanding reproductive health rights and services for youth. Both focus on building the leadership and agency of DC youth (mostly young women), giving them the support and tools that they need to change their own lives, preparing them for meaningful participation in the policy process so that they can work with decision makers to develop strong programs and policies.