Disconnected Youth Change Network
The Disconnected Youth Change Network (DYCN) consists of community-based organizations, government agencies, funders, and alternative and adult learning institutions dedicated to creating and providing reengagement opportunities for youth who are not currently enrolled in an education or training program.
DYCN members provided the foundational technical, research, and advocacy support to advance the Deputy Mayor for Education and Office of the State Superintendent of Education's (OSSE's) launch of the District's first youth ReEngagement Center (REC). The DYCN now serves as the external advisory committee to the REC. Staffed with a team of youth specialists and managed by OSSE, the REC is DC’s marquee resource for providing out-of-school youth with opportunities to enroll in education programs and connect to a variety of supportive wraparound services that will help them pursue and complete high school credentials, putting them on the path to future career success.
With the help of the DC Alliance for Youth Advocates, DYCN members have also collectively advocated for policy changes related to the expansion of transportation subsidies and for policies that create more flexible pathways to achieving a high school diploma. Additionally, DYCN members developed a resource guide that catalogs the providers and services in the city that serve disconnected youth.
Harnessing the myriad of youth-focused institutions from around the District, DYCN is launching an effort to define, collect, and analyze valuable data related to one of the city’s most difficult-to-track populations. The ability to clearly define DYCN’s collective impact, highlight and scale effective practices, and collaborate with similar organizations to advance a shared policy agenda will assist DYCN members in achieving their shared goal.
GOALS TIED TO THIS WORK
Advocates for Justice and Education
Community Housing Development Corporation
Community Services Foundation
DC Department of Human Services
DC Department of Transportation
DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
DC Public Schools
Greater Washington Community Foundation
New Futures DC
Sasha Bruce Youthwork
So Others Might Eat
The HOPE Project
The TenSquare Group
The Young Women’s Project
United Way of the National Capital Area