Trans Youth Advocates (TYA) DMV

Nurturing Skills, Resilience and Community

The TYA DMV Applications are Closed

TYA DMV Vision

Trans Youth Advocates DMV is an annual program for trans people ages 18-34 to develop their skills in a collaborative, intentional space, alongside other local trans youth leaders. With a focus on trans resilience and liberation, this program will bring together a cohort of 20 trans, nonbinary and gender expansive people from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The program begins with a compensated two-day workshop in Washington DC, led by Jaymie Campbell from the Transgender Training Institute (TTI). Participants will engage in learning and development activities and form connections with other local trans youth leaders.

The training will be followed by a three-month program in which participants apply their skills to ongoing projects they’re involved with, projects led by hosting organizations - Trans Healthcare Maryland (THMD) and the DC Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS), or new projects created in collaboration with DCATS and THMD.

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Importance of


The state of access to trans-competent and gender-affirming care is alarming and requires immediate action. Studies like the 2015 US Trans Survey and the recently released 2016 Maryland LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment confirm what many of us see in our lives; the lack of access to competent and affirming care, especially when combined with other forms of marginalization, is severely detrimental to the health, happiness and productivity of trans folx. This is exacerbated by the accelerating attacks from the federal government.

Major LGBTQIA+ clinics in the region like Chase Brexton and Whitman-Walker Health are overwhelmed and under-staffed, leading to limited appointments and significant wait times. Trans folx in the region have come to rely almost entirely on these institutions, yet they cannot provide adequate care for our communities. For the many who cannot access care at these clinics for geographic or financial reasons, their options dwindle to nothing. We face a dire need to expand access to trans-competent and gender-affirming care across the region. Addressing this will require various actions, from increasing the number of providers and training those currently practicing, to advocating for expansion of services and reduction of financial hurdles. To this end, TYA DMV aims to nurture a regional advocacy network to help lead the education, training and community organizing necessary for these and other challenges.


  • Participate in a two-day advocacy training workshop with the Transgender Training Institute in Washington, DC on May 30th & 31st from 10 am - 6 pm. Some meals, a travel stipend, compensation, and housing (for those who qualify) will be provided. Accommodations, including interpreters, are available upon request.

  • Complete a three-month program in which participants apply skills from the training to new projects, projects they are currently involved with or projects of the hosting organizations. Activities may include desk research, outreach activities, strategy-building, co-leading and facilitating events and other leadership opportunities.

  • Attend bi-monthly calls with the entire cohort to share experiences.

  • Prepare a brief written or video account of your experience in the program.


  • Must be at least 18 and under 35 years of age at the start of the program (May 30th, 2019).

  • Identify as trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, two-spirit or otherwise not cisgender.

  • Can fulfill responsibilities as listed above.

  • Be passionate about trans advocacy and the right to affirming care.

  • Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Professional training from the Transgender Training Institute and certificate of completion.

  • Be a part of a passionate cohort of trans folx in the region to support and create positive changes for our communities.

  • Access important career/advocacy development tools:  team building; practice in public speaking, professional writing and leadership experience.

  • Fully paid training, lunch included, transportation and housing (for those who meet criteria) during the two-day training in DC.