California Youth Connect (CYC) is a youth-led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change.
“[CYC is] a place where we can be free of the stigma of being a foster youth,” says Sharrica. “It’s an immediate understanding. When you say something, everyone gets it. You don’t have to go into details, and that’s a good feeling.”
“CYC has very much shaped the individual that I am, especially when it comes to helping other people problem-solve, and how to love other people who have commonalities with me, having been in foster care and experienced trauma. CYC has been such a blessing in my life. I don’t know who I would have been had I not come across CYC.”
“CYC was an outlet that gave a purpose to all I went through before I went into the foster care system. It wasn’t in vain. I could use everything to make positive changes. The moment when I found CYC was pretty life changing."