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  1. DC Action for Children is the District of Columbia's only multi-issue advocacy organization dedicated to improving conditions for children, youth and their families. DC ACT is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1992 and currently has a staff of 5. Under the director of the Deputy Director/Public Policy, the Public Policy Analyst will be responsible for one or more policy areas/initiatives that seek to improve conditions for children and youth in the District of Columbia. The analyst will use written, verbal and advocacy skills to influence the District budget and public policy. This position will focus on the issue of child welfare. However, additional issue areas/projects may be assigned. This is a full-time position that may require some evening and weekend work. Excellent benefits package. The salary range is mid- to high-30s. Duties and responsibilities: 1. Take the lead on one or more policy issue areas. 2. Prepare analyses and public education and advocacy materials. (Audiences include policymakers, general community, advocates, service providers and media.) 3. Monitor and analyze the appropriate government agency budgets. 4. Testify at public hearings and other government-sponsored venues. 5. Provide technical assistance to partners as necessary. 6. Take advantage of speaking and other public engagement opportunities. 7. Monitor local and federal legislation to the extent that federal laws and budgets impact local programs and budgets. 8. Serve on committees and coalitions specific to the issue area(s)of focus. 9. Prepare bi-weekly DC ACT Legislative and Information Alert 10. Participate in DC ACT events. 11. Perform other duties as assigned. Supervised by the Deputy Director/Public Policy Additional Qualifications: Experience in advocacy is a big plus as is experience with policymakers (elected and appointed officials). Knowledge of DC community and politics useful. How to Apply: Cover letter and resume to: Public Policy Analyst Search DC Action for Children 1616 P St NW, Suite 420 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 234-9108 fax dcaction@dckids.org NO PHONE CALLS.
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    Make Your Promise to DC Kids Today!

    Promise 3: Children and youth will have a fair chance to succeed no matter where they live Challenges like violence, health problems and housing insecurity too often prevent young people who live in high poverty areas from achieving their potential. The District can reverse the collective impact of these challenges and ensure a fair chance by focusing on the neediest communities first and eradicate opportunity segregation. DC should fund services close to where the most fragile children and youth live and most importantly make the success of low-income children and youth a priority in policy and the budget. More on this promise at http://www.dckids.org/getinvolved/promise3.php. Promise 4 is being released on August 21 -- check the web site -- www.dckids.org.
  3. DC Action for Children just released the third of five promises to children and youth as part of the District-wide 5 Promises to Kids Campaign. Promise 3: Children and youth will have a fair chance to succeed no matter where they live Challenges like violence, health problems and housing insecurity too often prevent young people who live in high poverty areas from achieving their potential. The District can reverse the collective impact of these challenges and ensure a fair chance by focusing on the neediest communities first and eradicate opportunity segregation. DC should fund services close to where the most fragile children and youth live and most importantly make the success of low-income children and youth a priority in policy and the budget. The details of the Promise, including recommendations about legislative and budget actions that can be taken by the new mayor and city council members, are on our web site -- http://www.dckids.org/getinvolved/promise3.php. We encourage you to ask candidates for mayor and council their positions on a number of important policy and budget issues including: increasing funding for mental health services for children and youth, their plans to better serve teens who will leave foster care without a family and their plans on funding quality universal pre-k. We invite you to join us in making these promises to children and youth who call the District of Columbia home. You can easily endorse the Campaign by completing an on-line form -- http://www.dckids.org/getinvolved/becomeapartner.php.
  4. DC Action for Children just released the third of five promises to children and youth as part of the District-wide 5 Promises to Kids Campaign. Promise 3: Children and youth will have a fair chance to succeed no matter where they live Challenges like violence, health problems and housing insecurity too often prevent young people who live in high poverty areas from achieving their potential. The District can reverse the collective impact of these challenges and ensure a fair chance by focusing on the neediest communities first and eradicate opportunity segregation. DC should fund services close to where the most fragile children and youth live and most importantly make the success of low-income children and youth a priority in policy and the budget. The details of the Promise, including recommendations about legislative and budget actions that can be taken by the new mayor and city council members, are on our web site -- http://www.dckids.org/getinvolved/promise3.php. We invite you to join us in making these promises to children and youth who call the District of Columbia home. You can easily endorse the Campaign by completing an on-line form -- http://www.dckids.org/getinvolved/becomeapartner.php.
  5. DC Action for Children, the District's only multi-issue advocacy organization dedicated to improving conditions for children and youth in the city, has weighed in on this issue. We did not oppose the curfew change but in our comments to the City Council suggested that the change will not have a permanent impact on youth crime, violence and victimization. We also suggested that NOW is the time for the city to invest in long-term solutions -- like drug treatment, substance abuse prevention, mental health services and many other proven services. If you would like to learn more about what we said, go to www.dckids.org and click the link to "A letter Regarding Crime to The Honorable Linda Cropp." Also on the site is information about the 5 Promises to Kids Campaign -- an action-focused campaign to heighten awareness and move people to action for children and youth in the nation's capital. That information is on the home page. The promise related to violence and safety is Promise 1. Susie Cambria Deputy Director/Public Policy DC Action for Children
  6. Want to learn how the mayoral candidates plan to serve children and youth if elected? Go to www.dckids.org and you will find a link to our voter guide. Susie Cambria Deputy Director/Public Policy DC Action for Children
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    Mayoral candidates on kids' issues

    Want to learn about how the mayoral candidates plan to serve children and youth if elected? Go to www.dckids.org -- the link to the voter guide is on our home page. Susie Cambria Deputy Director/Public Policy DC Action for Children
  8. On August 7, DC Action for Children released the second of five promises in their 5 Promises to Kids Campaign -- Promise 2: Children and youth will have the resources to meet life's challenges. This promise is about adults having a responsibility to support and nurture children and youth so they have the opportunity to thrive. We can change the current trajectory of many of the District's young people so that the city no longer leads the nation in adolescent drug use, teen pregnancy, teen violence and school drop-out rates. The District government is obligated to meet the critical needs of young people and provide adequate and quality resources for children and adolescents to transition into successful adults. To learn more about the promise, what the government can do and what has already been achieved, go to http://www.dckids.org/getinvolved/index.php. On the site, you can also learn what residents can do to achieve the promise for all children in the city! ----------------------- Susie Cambria, MSW Deputy Director/Public Policy DC Action for Children 1616 P St NW, Suite 420 Washington, DC 20036 T. 202-234-9404 F. 202-234-9108 E. scambria@dckids.org W. www.dckids.org
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    Action needed to protect DC child care!

    UPDATE: Zoning Commission and early care and education programs in neighborhoods On July 10, the Zoning Commission accepted the Office of Planning recommendation to restrict the location of child care programs and small schools in residential neighborhoods. This is bad for numerous reasons: 1. The Zoning Commission and Office of Planning have made education policy, usurping the responsibility and authority of the mayor, council and education board. Further, this action contradicts the Administration’s public statements on the importance of early childhood education and neighborhood-based education programs. 2. This amendment undermines the very core of child care policy in the District with no opportunity for the public to comment. 3. The process was closed, ill-informed and not responsive to interested parties. There is still a chance that the bad decisions can be undone, so please contact the city’s key leaders (listed below) and share the problems outlined above: Linda Cropp, Chair (At-Large): lcropp@dccouncil.us, 724-8032 phone, 724-8085 fax David Catania (At-Large): dcatania@dc.gov, 724-7772 phone, 724-8087 fax Phil Mendelson (At-Large): pmendelson@dccouncil.us, 724-8064 phone, 724-8099 fax Kwame Brown (At-Large): kbrown@dccouncil.us, 724-8174 phone, 724-8156 fax Carol Schwartz (At-Large): carol.schwartz@dc.gov, 724-8105 phone, 724-8071 fax Jim Graham (Ward 1): jgraham@dccouncil.us, 724-8181 phone, 724-8109 fax Jack Evans (Ward 2): jackevans@dccouncil.us, 724-8058 phone, 724-8023 fax Kathy Patterson (Ward 3): kpatterson@dccouncil.us, 724-8062 phone, 724-8118 fax Adrian Fenty (Ward 4): afenty@dccouncil.us, 724-8052 phone, 724-8120 fax Vincent Orange (Ward 5): vorange@dccouncil.us, 724-8028 phone, 724-8076 fax Sharon Ambrose (Ward 6): sambrose@dccouncil.us, 724-8072 phone, 724-8054 fax Vince Gray (Ward 7): vgray@dccouncil.us, 724-8068 phone, 724-8097 fax Marion Barry (Ward 8): mbarry@dccouncil.us, 724-8045 phone, 724-8055 fax Robert Bobb (City Administrator): robert.bobb@dc.gov, 727-6053 More information on this issue is available on-line at http://www.dckids.org/advocacy/whatsNew.php. The first two links on the page relate to this issue.
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