30 Years of CYC

“For 30 years, CYC has allowed young people to be part of a story of hope. Our participation in CYC gives us the hope we didn’t have growing up. It’s hope for yourself and hope for the next generation. CYC allows young people to be immortal. We get to see that immortal stamp: I did that. We always know we’ve made that change in the world.”

—Patterson Emesibe
Volunteer Supporter, Peer Mentor, & Former Member

Special 30th Anniversary publication

Check out our beautiful 30th Anniversary Commemorative Publication!

“California Youth Connection is a shining star of what makes this state great, and we want to follow your lead in what we need to do to support young people…Keep up the great work. Here’s to the next 30 years of CYC!”
—Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D–Richmond)

30th Anniversary Videos

 
“It is not an overstatement to say that thousands of children and youth have lives that are far better than they would have been were it not for the work of CYC.” 
—Frank Mecca, Executive Director, County Welfare Directors Association of California
 
“CYC has taught me that I have a voice, and I’m a leader and I can empower others. And it’s also empowered me. It’s taught me that my past can help others instead of bringing me down.”
—Cali Murphy, CYC Member
 
“CYC aligns with my life story and with my desire to be part of something bigger than myself.”
—Miguel Almodovar, Former CYC Member, Current CYC Board Member
 

Read more about CYC’s Day at the Capitol and 2018 policy priority HERE. 

Learn more about CYC’s 30 years of impact HERE.

FEATURED CHAMPIONS

Meet Christina

MEMBER
“Before, I wasn’t really so into leadership or anything to do with the foster care system. After I joined CYC, I became aware of the statistics and the problems in the system. Now I have the passion to change it. Being in CYC is advocating for your brothers and sisters and cousins and people coming behind you who are going to enter the foster care system. It’s about making it easier and better for them.”

MEET PATTERSON

VOLUNTEER SUPPORTER, FORMER MEMBER AND PEER MENTOR
“For 30 years, CYC has been allowing young people to be part of a story of hope. That’s what keeps us there. Our participation in CYC gives us the hope we didn’t have growing up. It’s hope for yourself and hope for the next generation. CYC allows young people to be immortal. We get to see that immortal stamp: I did that. We always know we’ve made that change in the world. I think that’s why young people stay in CYC.”

Meet DELIA

FOUNDING VOLUNTEER SUPPORTER
“People grow anyway but we don’t all have the opportunity to have the kinds of experiences that can really change lives. Those are the positive things you can’t really put your hands on. As adults, we’re just kind of like the link to it. I think it’s that simple. It’s not like there’s a magic wand within us to make it happen. Almost all of the kids come back to say thank you, but I don’t think it’s us so much as it is them.”