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.
“[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.”
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.”