Our two interlinked annual conferences, the Summer Leadership and Policy Conference and the Day at the Capitol Conference, provide dynamic forums for putting into action our dual goals of empowering youth and improving foster care. At summer conference, members explore solutions to issues identified by the chapters and selected by the CYC Youth Board, and propose a set of policy recommendations. About six months later, CYC members travel to Sacramento for Day at the Capitol, when they meet with legislators, urging them to support our sponsored bills.
Pivotal to the fulfillment of our mission, CYC’s Day at the Capitol conference has resulted in the eventual passage of dozens of new laws and policies that have profoundly improved the lives of children and youth who experience foster care.
SUMMER LEADERSHIP AND POLICY CONFERENCE
Statewide Youth Organizers Retreat
The CYC community will be convening for an in-person Statewide Youth Organizers Retreat! We are using this year to build capacity locally and build understanding of basic grassroots organizing principles along with team building. We will host a weekend long retreat at San Diego State University- July 8th-10th, 2022.
Every aspect of this summer conference was planned, supported, and facilitated by CYC Members!
RECENT PAST SLPC CONFERENCE THEMES
DAY AT THE CAPITOL
CYC’s three-day Day at the Capitol (DAC) advocacy and leadership conference is held annually, and was hosted virtually for the first time in 2021 via Zoom. Conference attendees attended workshops on CYC’s Past Advocacy, Strategic Sharing, and CYC’s Current Legislative Issue: CA Youth Empowerment Act. On Monday, February 22, 2021, all DAC attendees met with California legislators to advocate for youth voices impacted by child welfare. Although we could not gather for this year’s conference in-person, this fight is a collective fight against the injustice that exists from the systems that impact the youth: Nobody Struggles Alone!