Employment & Volunteering

Are you passionate about youth and young adult leadership and advocacy?  Do you see yourself working for a nonprofit organization that has dedicated over 30 years to put youth and young adult leadership at the center of policymaking in California’s child-serving systems at the state and local level? 

Apply to join our team and work alongside accomplished advocates dedicated to the same things. We strongly encourage people with experience in foster care to apply.

Employment Opportunities

Since our founding in 1988, the foster care system in California has been transformed through the powerful advocacy of young leaders.

Through CYC, youth and young adults gain advocacy and training skills, education and career connections, lasting relationships, and a community of peers who are changing the lives of multiple generations of young people experiencing foster care. Community stakeholders, policymakers, and legislators have also been educated directly by young people who can speak to the experience of foster care and offer tangible, life changing solutions.

Our work has resulted in a cultural shift in child welfare, the passage of dozens of new laws, and local implementation strategies that have improved the lives of thousands of children, youth, and young adults in California’s foster care system (we also have national and international influence because of the passion and dedication of our youth leaders).

We welcome all to apply, especially if you have lived in foster care and are passionate about youth leadership, believe that systems can be transformed, and want to work in a collaborative, vibrant, and continuous learning environment.

Current openings:

Employee Benefits:

Our generous benefits package aligns with our values as an organization. In addition to our youth-led advocacy work, we support our staff and promote equity in our benefits and structure. Benefits at California Youth Connection include the following

  • Medical, Dental and Vision (includes chiropractic and acupuncture): 100% of employee premium covered
  • Paid Vacation: Starting at 10 days/year 
  • Sick Leave: 12 days/year
  • Paid Holidays: 11 days/year, plus a week-long closure at year end
  • Retirement: Simple IRA up to 3% match
  • Life Insurance: $50,000 coverage

Volunteer Opportunities

Especially important to our youth-led model is the groundbreaking way in which CYC volunteer supporters collaborate with members to ensure that they have the resources they need to run a successful chapter, attend conferences, and participate in policy activities. Volunteer Supporters take on an “ally” role, providing social capital, professional tips, and mentoring when appropriate. It is a relationship of mutual respect, wherein members are the leaders for creating legislative, policy, and practice change and supporters set the foundation.