Statewide Membership Council

The largest representative body in our organization, the CYC Statewide Membership Council meets quarterly and is comprised of members from each of our county-based chapters.

Amadahy (Forryst) Childers

CO-CHAIR
Hey y'all! My name is Amadahy (Forryst) Childers. I am a 19-year-old foster youth from Monterey Bay. I am a freshman in college and I am double majoring in Political Science and Atmospheric Sciences. I am the chair of the Monterey Bay chapter and I am also on the Legislative and Policy Committee. I enjoy advocating in my county not just for foster youth but JJ youth and other youth as well. I especially love going to school board meetings and PBIS meetings to make sure there is youth representation in conversations that will be affecting youth in tremendous ways. Currently, I am writing four bills with Senator Wilk involving foster youth deaths and accountability within CDSS for not keeping records on murders happening in the system. I love being able to represent people and I am so excited to have our voices be heard. We got this y'all<3

EDDIEWILSON LEVI

CO-CHAIR
Eddiewilson Levi grew up in San Francisco and is a proud community advocate not only for foster youth but for at risk youth and also for Pacific Islanders. He enjoys building community with others in safe spaces where everyone can share and thrive together. Being a native San Franciscan, Eddiewilson learned to become an activist in fighting against corrupt and misled systems by learning about struggles within our society, whether it be gentrification, police brutality, systematic racism, etc. He believes it is important to utilize your voice and help organize your community in finding solutions to help build a better future for everyone.

KATRINA QUIROZ

CO-CHAIR
Katrina is 20 years old and currently the Kings Chapter chair in the Central Valley. She has been a member of CYC for five going on six years, and currently attends Fresno City College majoring in Political Science and minoring in Teaching. She has also been a part of CYC’s No Stigma No Barriers Mental Health Board, Policy & Legislative Committee and a 2019 SLPC conference facilitator. She is extremely excited to work hand in hand with members for this upcoming year.

CINDY BARRERA

RECENT PAST CO-CHAIR
Supporting Chapters in the Bay Area and Southern Regions: Cindy is serving in her second term as Co-Chair of the Statewide Membership Council (SMC). A member of CYC for four years, Cindy, 20, is currently a member of the Los Angeles County Chapter. She is studying at Pasadena City College with plans to transfer to Pepperdine University, to get a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and eventually go to graduate school. For this term of the SMC, Cindy’s primary goal is to further promote space for members at SMC meetings to feel more comfortable to come forth with questions and concerns. She is regularly attending the Regional Council Meetings (RCM) for the two regions she is supporting, Bay Area and Southern, in her SMC Co-Chair role to work towards these efforts. She has facilitated three statewide conferences and is a current Y.O.U.T.H Training Project trainer. Cindy’s goal is to learn as much as she can in each role the organization has to offer and join the Board of Directors.

LAUREN MENDEZ

RECENT PAST CO-CHAIR
Supporting Chapters in the Northern and Central Valley Regions: Lauren lives in Modesto and is the Chair of the Stanislaus Chapter. She currently works as the Project Associate of the Youth Engagement Project (YEP) in Sacramento. Lauren, 22, has been a member of CYC for more than two years and joined CYC to use her voice to transform the foster care system. Lauren has served as a facilitator on the Conference Facilitator Team for four statewide conferences.