Chad Platt, Central Coast Community Advocacy Coordinator

Chad was first introduced to CYC while facilitating the Youth Advocacy Project in Santa Cruz County. A former foster youth himself, Chad engaged YAP members to participate in several exhibits with the Foster Youth Museum, collaborating with CYC chapter members in the process during the Lost Childhoods exhibit at the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz. After connecting with Regional Coordinators Kate and Patterson, Chad was deeply inspired to take his work with foster youth to the next level and further create transitional change in the child welfare system across the state. 

Chad is an experienced Program Coordinator, Youth Advocate, Mentor, Public Speaker, and Group Facilitator with a demonstrated history of working in community organizing, positive youth development, restorative justice, and trauma-informed care. He is skilled in nonprofit organizations, volunteer management, youth leadership, content development, public speaking, and facilitation. With more than eight years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, Chad has always been a strong community and social services professional with a focus on client care, continually fueled by collaboration and results. Action, not pity. 

Previously the Peer Mentor for Encompass Community Services, his experience providing quality services for transition aged youth and families, along with a powerhouse network, have led him to serve as a co-founding member of the Youth Advisory Board, fulfilling the role as Creative Expressions Teacher and Camp Counselor for Camp Opportunity, serving as an Advocate for the Advisory Task Force On Justice and Gender, and most recently Host Home Program Coordinator and Case Manager at Bill Wilson Center. 

His deep commitment to advocate for change, affirm youth to fulfill their inner potential, and create safe spaces where people are comfortable being their most authentic selves is what motivates him to do what he loves: creating a community in which all youth and young adults are housed, thriving, and experience a healthy transition into adulthood

Co-creating with organizations to advance outcomes through best practices, increasing youth input, and developing peer leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the systemic barriers that have prevented them from thriving through legislative, policy, and practice change is his ultimate goal.