California Youth Connection - Our Voices, Our Future

"I am proud that I have been able to stand up and step into a leadership role. I have gotten to share my
personal story, be given the opportunity to public speak, and through CYC I’ve been able to come into myself."
-Charys, member-

"CYC has helped me to grow to be the person I am now. CYC has healed some things
that therapy could never do…It’s healed me."
 -Cassandra, member-

"CYC provides an opportunity to come together with people that are like me with similar backgrounds, and together we are changing the system so the people that come behind us don’t have to go through what we did."
-Allan, former member and current supporter-

"It’s my life and no one else’ life. I need to tell people what I need…what we, as foster youth, need.
It’s our life, we need to have a say in it. "
-Lazara, member-

"CYC has taught me to be involved and that what I have to say matters. My experiences matter."
 -Will, member-

"CYC is a great experience. It’s a place where you can be yourself, share your life and no one judges you. It’s amazing to be with people who understand your pain and joys. It’s not about me, it’s about we. "
-Clay, member-

"CYC is the family that my parents should have been and the state should have been.
Through making the system better, I have made a new family."
-Kevin, member-

"On the day I shadowed Assembly Member Beall, I got to sit up there with him as he voted [during a hearing]. It was a great experience because they treated us like equals and that they got our backs. It was a once in a lifetime experience."
-Joe, member-

"CYC changes your life. It made me focus more on “we” versus “me”. When I was in care, I was ashamed of being
a foster. But today, I know all of our past has made us who we are. CYC has really impacted my life-
it’s made me a stronger person."   -Feven, member-

"CYC means a place to advocate, a place to meet other fosters and a place to change. "
-Terrell, member-

 

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CYC Spotlight

Covered til 26 - Health Care for Former Foster Youth

CYC is seeking an Executive Director

please find the job announcement here!

2016 Project Foster Youth College Scholarships: Application Now Available 

For the past several years, CYC has been proud to partner with Project Foster Youth to offer $600 college scholarships to current and former foster youth. The application for 2016 Scholarships is now available!

Project Foster Youth College Scholarships are unrestricted $600.00 grants paid directly to foster youth to use for whatever they need to pursue their college studies. The scholarships are made possible by donors from all over California and beyond who recognize the resilience, hard work, and worthy goals of foster youth who seek to obtain a colleg degree. 

Applications are due April 1, 2016 - download the full application for details on how to apply. 

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