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

Our Voices Our Future

#17DAC #UniteWithOurForce

Live right now! CYC rallies on the west steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento to announce AB507, our 2017 bill to improve training and support for foster parents.

CYC Announces NEW Executive Director

Haydée Cuza, Ed.D.

please find the announcement here!

CYC's NEW Continuum of Care Reform(CCR) Toolkit

Download Here

CYC Announces The Following Job Position

We are please to announce the opening of the *Director of Member

Engagement. *This position is located in Southern California. Please
forward to your networks

Click here for the full job description

CYC Launches Youth Mental Health Collaborative

CYC and its partners Youth In Mind, Young Minds Advocacy, and VOICES have launched a joint effort to faciliate the direct engagement of transition aged youth (TAY) with California's mental health system. 

And we were recently profiled by the Chronicle of Social Change,
click here to check it out!

Learn more and get involved here!

BAYLA April 2016

50 Fund Award

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