Welcome to CYC!

    • California Youth Connection (CYC), is a youth-led organization that develops and grows leaders who empower each other and our communities to transform the foster care and intersecting systems through community-led organizing, legislative, policy, and practice change.

    Our vision is that youth impacted by child welfare and intersecting systems are empowered to have their needs met and the support to grow into healthy and vibrant adults.

Learn about our community

Are you between the ages of 14-24 ? Do you have lived experience in the foster care or juvenile justice systems? Then you’re in the right place to learn about CYC youth membership and our chapter work. 

Are you 25 years old + and want to work alongside youth to create systems change? CYC is a unique youth-adult partnership that mobilizes system-impacted young people and adult supporters in community advocacy around issues in youth-serving systems. 

Are you an agency or organization that serves young people impacted by youth-serving systems? CYC  provides child welfare professionals with quality youth-centered trainings around youth development and socio-emotional growth. We are not currently accepting requests at this time.

California Youth Connection provides youth members a platform to engage with decision makers in statewide policy and legislative change. Learn more about this year’s policy and legislative agenda.

News and events

Take a second to watch, California Youth Connection, along with California State Assembly Member Mike Gipson and a group of lawmakers, advocates, and Sacramento County board supervisors. They visited the Warren E. Thornton Center after watching KCRA 3’s investigation. Jasmine Harris (she/they), Sacramento Chapter Member provided a powerful speech urging the California Child Welfare system to keep their promise to youth and children by prioritizing their safety.