California Youth Connection (CYC) is a youth-led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative, policy, and practice change.
IN THE NEWS
CYC Statement on Children Separation
Former Foster Care Youth Helping Assemblymember Gipson Pass Foster Care Reform Legislation
Watch Our Bill, AB 2247, Pass Out of the Senate Human Services Committee after Testimony at 1:36 by CYC Members Quijai and Katarina!
Happy Anniversary to CYC from Senator Holly Mitchell
FORMER MEMBER & STAFF
“As a member, what CYC meant to me was community. I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of security in myself as a result of taking part in CYC. When I met other members who didn’t look like me and we didn’t share the same race or ethnicity, there was something they understood about me and I understood about them that transcended language, and made us feel like family.“
MEMBER & YOUTH BOARD CO-CHAIR
“I’d always felt like an outsider, but when I joined CYC other people understood what I was going through. No one else can really understand your story but for you it’s real life. So when I got to CYC and met all those beautiful people in it, it was just an instant connection.”
“CYC has been a game changer for me. I had been going through some troubles, and CYC has given me a new sense of hope, and it’s not a fake sense of hope. It’s real.”