Using 6 guiding principles, DC NEXT! will:
Believe In and
Listen to Young People
center young parents and meet them as equals with their own expertise, resilience, and strengths.
Build Trust, Transparency, Consensus, and Respect
share hard truths, prioritize connections, ask questions, and stay OPEN to each other's ideas for each other and their communities.
Share Power and Cultivate Inclusive Leadership
prioritize equity, seek to serve, and be inclusive of all young fathers and mothers.
break silos and build
challenge stigma, question the status quo, be anti-racist, and be led by evidence and data in all areas, including our policy, practice, culture, and norms.
move forward with urgency, push each other, and believe in success.