Makayla James


Makayla is a former member of the Butte Chapter, which she became involved with while completing her BSW program at the California State University, Chico. She was drawn to California Youth Connection due to her interest in policy and her passion for creating change within the foster care system.

Makayla has interned with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) to produce a special report and conduct a congressional briefing regarding the Impact of COVID 19 throughout the Child Welfare System. She is also an alumni with the International Foster Care Alliance where she had the opportunity to spend time in Japan to work hand in hand with the prefectural government and the foster care community to elevate the importance of authentic youth engagement. 

Makayla is dedicated to elevating youth voice, fighting for social justice and creating change within the foster care system. She aspires to continue to build a legislative platform that highlights lived experience in the effort to create a more inclusive system for the next generation of foster youth, living out the motto, “Nothing about us without us.”

Makayla’s publication: Seeing Beyond the Covid 19 Pandemic: Creating Change for Vulnerable Children and Families