Local Organizations

Critical Exposure  trains youth to use photography and advocacy to make real change in their schools and communities.

Contact: Adam Levner, Executive Director, adam@criticalexposure.org.


Children’s Law Center fights so every DC child can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education.

Contact: Damon King, Senior Policy Attorney,  dking@childrenslawcenter.org, 202.750.7522.


DC Lawyers for Youth (DCLY) seeks to improve the DC juvenile justice system by advocating for reforms that promote positive youth development, effective legal representation, and supportive relationships between the community and DC’s youth.

Contact:  Eddie Ferrer, eferrer@dcly.org, 202.643.6870.


DC Action for Children provides data-based analysis and policy leadership on critical issues facing DC children and youth, to promote policies and actions that optimize child and family well-being.

Contact: Shana Barley, Director of Programs, sbartley@dckids.org, 202-234-9404.


DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy identifies problems and promotes research-based investments to improve the lives of adolescents in measurable ways.

Contact: Brenda Rhodes Miller, Executive Director, BMiller@dccampaign.org.


Empower DC is dedicated to effecting social change through a democratic, self-help empowerment approach to community organizing.

Contact: Parisa B. Norouzi, Executive Director, parisa@empowerdc.org, (202) 234-9119 x 100.


Global Kids  works to ensure that youth from underserved areas have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage. 

Contact: Libby Hill, 740-504-3180, libby@globalkids.org


Many Languages One Voice (MLOV)  fosters leadership and facilitates community-led initiatives to increase the meaningful inclusion of immigrants in the District of Columbia who do not speak English as their primary language.  

Contact: 202-470-6845, info@mlovedc.org


Our Community Alliance For Peaceful Streets (Our C.A.P.S) strives to make DC streets peaceful and DC community come together in unity and progress.

Contact: Michelle Blackwell, ourcapsorg@gmail.com


Kid Power (http://www.kidpowerdc.org) inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in underserved communities throughout the District of Columbia.

Contact: Andria Hollis, Executive Director, Kid Power; andriana@kidpowerdc.org


DC Alliance of Youth Advocates  (DCAYA) is a coalition of youth-engaged organizations, youth and concerned residents formed to ensure that all children and youth in the District of Columbia have access to high-quality and affordable developmental opportunities. We accomplish this mission by crafting policy recommendations, providing structured advocacy opportunities for our members and allies, networking and empowering youth.

Contact: Maggie Riden, Executive Director, maggie@dc-aya.org,  202.587.0616.