Welcome to CYC, Celebrating 30 Years of Youth Voice!


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.

Featured champions

Meet Kevin

“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.“

Meet Cindy

“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.”

Meet Rayshaun

“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.”