“Throughout 2018, we will be celebrating three decades of CYC through the voices of our members, past and present, as well as volunteer supporters, staff, board members, and friends. Please check this page for updates, and join us as we head into our next era!"
—Haydée Cuza, Executive Director
We're so excited to celebrate 30 years of CYC in 2018!
—From the letter that launched CYC, signed by 16 young people from around the state
“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.”
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.”
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.”