Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. Office of Youth Advocacy.


§ 2–1501. Definitions.

As used in this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Youth” means those residents of the District of Columbia between the ages of 13 and 17, inclusive.

(2) “Children” means those residents of the District of Columbia ages 12 and under.

(3) “Neighborhood planning council” means the structure designated for adult and youth participation in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs for children and youth, pursuant to Commissioner’s Order No. 68-219, March 25, 1968, subject to modifications made by the Mayor pursuant to § 2-1503.01.

(4) “Councilmember” means any person 13 years and over who lives within the geographic area of a neighborhood planning council who has registered his/her name, address, and telephone number with that particular council.

(5) “Council of chairpersons” means the body of assembled chairpersons of each of the neighborhood planning councils.

(6) “Office,” “Director,” and other such terms mean the Office of Youth Advocacy, established in § 2-1504, and further specified in other parts of this subchapter.

(7) “Division,” “Director,” and other such terms mean the Division of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth of the Department of Recreation, established in § 2-1503, and further specified in other parts of this subchapter.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 2, 23 DCR 9532b; Mar. 16, 1993, D.C. Law 9-194, § 2(a), 39 DCR 9010.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2601.

1973 Ed., § 6-2001.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) establishment of a Children and Youth Initiative to provide out-of-school programs, see §§ 2402 to 2404 of the Service Improvement and Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Support Emergency Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-110, July 28, 1999, 46 DCR 6320).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of § 2404 of D.C. Law 13-38, see § 2(b) of the Service Improvement and Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Support Special Education Student Funding Increase Non-service Nonprofit Provider Clarifying and Technical Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-152, December 1, 1999, 46 DCR 10395).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3 of Service Improvement and Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Support Special Education Student Funding Increase Non-service Nonprofit Provider Clarifying and Technical Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-17, March 16, 2001, 48 DCR 2687).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Service Improvement and Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-347, April 24, 2002, 49 DCR 4410).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(a) of District of Columbia Youth Services Act of 1976 Temporary Amendment Act of 1992 (D.C. Law 9-151, September 15, 1992, law notification 39 DCR 7281).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(b) of the Service Improvement and Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Support Special Education Student Funding Increase Non-service Nonprofit Provider Clarifying and Technical Temporary Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Law 13-67, Apr. 5, 2000, law notification 47 DCR 2624).

References in Text

Pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2000-20, the agency formerly known as the “Department of Recreation and Parks” shall be known as the “Department of Parks and Recreation.”

Editor's Notes

Section 2402 of D.C. Law 13-38 provided: “There is established a Children and Youth Initiative (‘Initiative’) to provide out-of-school programs for District of Columbia children and youth.”

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 9-231, the District of Columbia Youth Services Act of 1976 Emergency Amendment Act of 1992, see Mayor’s Order 92-102, September 4, 1992.


§ 2–1502. Purpose.

It is the purpose of this subchapter to:

(1) Promote and support programs for children and youth in existing agencies of the District of Columbia government;

(2) Reorganize the current pattern of programs and services for children and youth offered through the Office of Youth Advocacy;

(3) Ensure that an effective mechanism exists to facilitate youth employment;

(4) Provide a review and evaluation mechanism for existing services and programs for children and youth; and

(5) Promote and support programs for Hispanic youth in D.C. agencies.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 3, 23 DCR 9532b.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2602.

1973 Ed., § 6-2002.

Editor's Notes

Grants for youth oriented programs: D.C. Law 10-195 authorized the Youth Initiatives Office to make grants to community based organizations for youth oriented programs and for other purposes in order to address the crisis affecting District of Columbia youth.


§ 2–1503. Office of Youth Opportunity Services abolished and functions transferred; Division of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth established.

(a) The Commissioner’s Order No. 70-93 (approved March 17, 1970) establishing the Office of Youth Opportunity Services, is hereby repealed and that Office is hereby abolished. All of the powers, duties, and functions assigned to that Office under any provision of law are hereby transferred to the departments and agencies as indicated in the following provisions of this subchapter.

(b) There are hereby transferred to the Department of Recreation (Organization Order No. 10; Commissioner’s Order No. 68-440, June 27, 1968, amended August 6, 1968, October 3, 1968, and March 14, 1970) the following functions, previously performed by the Office of Youth Opportunity Services:

(1) Assist and facilitate programs for children and youth carried on by neighborhood planning councils (Commissioner’s Order No. 68-219, March 25, 1968) and other community organizations including, but not limited to, any and all organizations providing services to Hispanic youth pursuant to programs, under programs, previously funded by the Office of Youth Opportunity Services, providing maximal community participation in decision-making;

(2) As directed by the Mayor, conduct special and citywide youth programs; and

(3) Operate juvenile delinquency prevention programs.

(c)(1) There is hereby established in the Department of Recreation, a Division of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth, which shall provide administrative and operational support for programs for children and youth conducted by the neighborhood planning councils and other community organizations.

(2) The Division of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth will have the responsibility for the administration of community recreational, educational, cultural, and economic development programs of the neighborhood planning councils. All appropriated and grant funds for the operation of such programs will be administered separately within the Division, under the auspices of the Department of Recreation. All youth development block grant funds received by the District government from the federal Community Services Administration, as designated for such purposes, shall be obligated in programs for children and youth conducted by the neighborhood planning councils.

(3) Local program planning, project selection, and designation of project grants will be performed by the neighborhood planning councils. There will be an equitable allocation of funds, based on children and youth population, for each neighborhood planning council.

(4) The authority and fiscal responsibility to manage community elections for the neighborhood planning councils will be assigned to the Division of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth, under the direction of the Department of Recreation.

(5) The Director of the Division of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth shall be appointed by the Director of the Department of Recreation.

(6) The Division of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth shall, in consultation with the council of chairpersons, prepare an operational manual for the development and implementation of programs.

(7) The Director of the Division of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth will be responsible for coordinating all community-based programs for children and youth. Decisions on community program priorities will be made by each neighborhood planning council according to criteria specified in the operational manual developed by the Division. The Director of the Division of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth will serve as liaison to the neighborhood planning councils and the council of chairpersons, and be accountable to both the neighborhood planning councils and the Department of Recreation for the effective administration of community-based programs for children and youth. The Director of the Division will insure that adequate technical assistance is available to the council of chairpersons and each neighborhood planning council.

(8) The neighborhood planning councils shall continue to abide by their uniform constitution and bylaws, consistent with this subchapter and other District laws. Changes and amendments to the uniform constitution and by-laws shall be made only by the consent of the council of chairpersons.

(d) There are hereby transferred to the Department of Manpower (Organization Order No. 46, Commissioner’s Order No. 74-144, June 29, 1974) the functions of the Office of Youth Opportunity Services relating to the coordination of programs designed to provide jobs for youth.

(e) There are hereby transferred to the School of Continuing Education, Federal City College, University of the District of Columbia (D.C. Law 1-36) the functions of the Office of Youth Opportunity Services with respect to the administration and supervision of the District of Columbia Street Academy.

(f) There are hereby assigned to the Board of Education of the District of Columbia the functions of the Office of Youth Opportunity Services with respect to the summer lunch program for children and youth.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 4, 23 DCR 9532b.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2603.

1973 Ed., § 6-2003.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1501.

References in Text

Pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2000-20, the agency formerly known as the “Department of Recreation and Parks” shall be known as the “Department of Parks and Recreation.”

D.C. Law 1-36, referred to in subsection (e), is the District of Columbia Public Postsecondary Education Reorganization Act Amendments.


§ 2–1503.01. Neighborhood Planning Councils — Established; elections; tenure.

(a) There shall be 2 neighborhood planning councils in each election ward established pursuant to § 1-1011.01. The Mayor, by rulemaking, shall draw boundaries for neighborhood planning councils, after each decennial census, so that they are approximately equal in population.

(b)(1) Regular elections for the neighborhood planning councils shall be held in even numbered years on a date set by the Mayor by rulemaking.

(2) Any neighborhood planning council member holding office immediately prior to June 19, 1992, may continue to hold office until a successor is elected and qualifies for office pursuant to this subchapter.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 4a; as added Mar. 16, 1993, D.C. Law 9-194, § 2(b), 39 DCR 9010.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2603.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1501.

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition, see § 2(b) of District of Columbia Youth Services Act of 1976 Temporary Amendment Act of 1992 (D.C. Law 9-151, September 15, 1992, law notification 39 DCR 7281).


§ 2–1504. Office of Youth Advocacy established; functions; appointment of Director; personnel.

(a) There is hereby established in the executive branch an Office of Youth Advocacy which shall perform a planning, review and evaluation function for all programs operated by the District of Columbia government impacting on children and youth, including employment, health, counseling recreation, and training.

(b) The Director of the Office of Youth Advocacy shall be appointed by the Mayor. The Director may hold no other public office.

(c) The following positions and their associated funding are hereby authorized to be transferred from the Office of Youth Opportunity Services to the Office of Youth Advocacy:

One special assistant to the Mayor GS-16

(Subject to the prior approval of the

Civil Service Commission pursuant

to 5 U.S.C. § 5108.)

One program analyst officer GS-13

One education specialist GS-12

One research assistant GS-11

One program director GS-11

Two field technical assistants GS-9

One computer program analyst GS-11

Two program analysts GS-9

One secretary GS-7

Consistent with this subchapter and other District laws, the Director may hire employees, assign work, and delegate the duties, exercise the powers, and carry out the functions of the Office.

All positions and personnel so transferred shall continue to be governed by personnel legislation enacted by Congress, and rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, until such time as the District government personnel system is established in accordance with § 1-204.22(3). Such positions and personnel may be reclassified, realigned, or found in excess and separated from the service in accordance with this subchapter or an administrative order of the Director.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 5, 23 DCR 9532b; Apr. 28, 1978, D.C. Law 2-75, § 2, 24 DCR 7498.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2604.

1973 Ed., § 6-2004.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1501 and § 2-1505.


§ 2–1505. Duties of Director.

The Director of the Office shall:

(1) Systematically review and evaluate the full array of programs operated by the District of Columbia impacting on children and youth, as specified in § 2-1504(a);

(2) Plan and develop demonstration youth programs for transfer to other operating agencies upon their validation after no more than 3 years of operation;

(3) Present the interest of children and youth before other administrative and regulatory agencies and legislative bodies of the District of Columbia government;

(4) Assist, advise, and cooperate with local, federal, and private agencies to promote the interest of children and youth in the District of Columbia;

(5) Develop criteria for the validation of programs for children and youth which shall be widely disseminated and utilized in the review and evaluation of programs;

(6) Issue an annual report on the current status of programs for children and youth on a citywide basis, both governmental and private; and

(7) Perform such other functions and duties consistent with the purpose of this subchapter which may be deemed necessary and appropriate to promote the welfare of children and youth.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 6, 23 DCR 9532b.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2605.

1973 Ed., § 6-2005.


§ 2–1506. Transfer of positions and funds.

(a) The following positions and their associated funding are hereby transferred from the Office of Youth Opportunity Services to the Department of Manpower:

One deputy director GS-15

One manpower specialist GS-14

One computer systems analyst GS-13

One program analyst officer GS-12

One research assistant GS-9

One research assistant GS-7

Three clerks GS-4

The following positions and their associated funding, initially transferred in the Budget Act of 1977 to the Department of Manpower, are hereby transferred from the Office of Youth Opportunity Services to the Department of Recreation for the support of neighborhood planning council programs:

One recreation specialist GS-14

One program analyst officer GS-12

One social science analyst GS-11

Two field technical assistants GS-9

One secretary GS-6

One clerk GS-4

The funds available to the Office of Youth Advocacy, Department of Manpower, Department of Recreation, Federal City College, and District of Columbia Public Schools to carry out the purposes of this subchapter will be as delineated in the Budget Act of 1977, Act 1-94 (March 9, 1976) except as altered in subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

All positions and personnel so transferred shall continue to be governed by personnel legislation enacted by Congress, and rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, until such time as the District of Columbia government personnel system is established in accordance with § 1-204.22(3). Such positions and personnel may be reclassified or found in excess and separated from the service in accordance with this subchapter or an administrative order of the directors or president of the aforementioned agencies and departments.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 7, 23 DCR 9532b; Apr. 28, 1978, D.C. Law 2-75, § 2, 24 DCR 7498.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2606.

1973 Ed., § 6-2006.

References in Text

Pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2000-20, the agency formerly known as the “Department of Recreation” renamed the “Department of Recreation and Parks” shall be known as the “Department of Parks and Recreation.”

Editor's Notes

“Federal City College”, referred to in (c), has been merged into the University of the District of Columbia.


§ 2–1507. Accounting and voucher systems.

The Mayor shall instruct the Office of Budget and Resource Development to coordinate with the Department of Recreation the establishment of a bookkeeping and accounting system to allow for timely allocation of monies from the District of Columbia government to neighborhood planning council programs, and shall establish a regular voucher system to facilitate the swift transference of funds from the District of Columbia government to the neighborhood planning councils.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 8, 23 DCR 9532b.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2607.

1973 Ed., § 6-2007.

References in Text

Pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2000-20, the agency formerly known as the “Department of Recreation” renamed the “Department of Recreation and Parks” shall be known as the “Department of Parks and Recreation.”


§ 2–1508. Conflict of interest procedures.

The neighborhood planning councils shall, with the assistance of the Department of Recreation, establish procedures in their bylaws and constitution to handle conflicts of interest in the award of subgrants to programs, when any councilmember has either a structural or fiduciary relationship with a grant applicant or grantee.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 9, 23 DCR 9532b.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2608.

1973 Ed., § 6-2008.

References in Text

Pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2000-20, the agency formerly known as the “Department of Recreation” renamed the “Department of Recreation and Parks” shall be known as the “Department of Parks and Recreation.”


§ 2–1509. Rules of operation for neighborhood planning councils.

The neighborhood planning councils shall establish, under the auspices of the Director of the Department of Recreation, uniform rules governing their operation and internal structure. These rules shall include a statement of neighborhood planning council responsibilities, voting procedures, the establishment of standing committees, the manner of selecting chairpersons and other officers, procedures for prompt review and action on committee recommendations, and procedures for receipt and action upon community recommendations at both the local neighborhood planning council and citywide council of chairpersons levels. Said rules shall be filed with the Director of the Department of Recreation and published in the D.C. Register.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 10, 23 DCR 9532b.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2609.

1973 Ed., § 6-2009.

References in Text

Pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2000-20, the agency formerly known as the “Department of Recreation” renamed the “Department of Recreation and Parks” shall be known as the “Department of Parks and Recreation.”


§ 2–1510. Budget request.

The Department of Recreation shall develop an annual fiscal year budget request to administer and support programs of the neighborhood planning councils; such budget requests shall be submitted to the neighborhood planning councils each year for their review and comment. The budget shall be submitted by the Mayor to the Council, accompanied by such comments, on such date which may be required to conform with the District of Columbia budget schedule.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 11, 23 DCR 9532b.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2610.

1973 Ed., § 6-2010.

References in Text

Pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2000-20, the agency formerly known as the “Department of Recreation” renamed the “Department of Recreation and Parks” shall be known as the “Department of Parks and Recreation.”


§ 2–1511. Severability.

If any provision of this subchapter is held invalid, the remainder of this subchapter shall not be affected.


(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-93, § 12, 23 DCR 9532b.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2611.

1973 Ed., § 6-2011.