Chapters: How to Become a Member


CYC is a youth-centered movement to transform the experience and outcomes of youth impacted by the foster care system. Our members focus on legislation, policy, practice, public education, and call for youth to be at the center of all decisions impacting their stability. By investing in the leadership of thousands of young people, we have led a fundamental paradigm shift in child welfare for the first time in history.

Youth and young adults ages 14-24, who have experienced foster care, are encouraged to become members and run our chapters throughout California. With the support of volunteers, chapters focus on leadership development, local community education, and policy implementation. Members also participate in statewide activities, including conferences, legislative implementation, and CYC governance. Contact us today to get involved with your local chapter!

need more information?

If you would like more information about CYC and what it means to be a CYC member, please fill out the online form below and a Community Advocacy Coordinator will contact you and give you all the information you need. If you are over the age of 24, we are still in need of support at many different levels, please see our Volunteer Supporters page.  


If you’re ready to become a member, contact the Community Advocacy Coordinator in your area for the next steps on joining a chapter.  

Butte, Glenn, Humboldt, Sacramento, Shasta, Tehama, Yolo, Yuba, and Sutter

Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma

Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo

Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, and Stanislaus

Antelope Valley, Long Beach, Pasadena, Pomona, South L.A., and Whittier

Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura

start a chapter

Our chapters are central to all of our work. To become a chapter, at least two youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who have experienced foster care and one volunteer supporter will sign an agreement confirming they will agree to meet at least twice every month. During these meetings, members will work on a local issue, will recruit members and supporters as needed, will send representatives to the Statewide Membership Council meetings, and will attend our two conferences.

If you don’t currently have a chapter in your county and are interested in starting one, please email