Forward Promise

The California Youth Connection has received a grant from Forward Promise, a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support culturally-responsive practices that buffer the effects of historical and systemic trauma on boys and young men of color (BYMOC). This is a unique opportunity for California Youth Connection to concentrate on the needs of Black and Indigenous young men disproportionately placed in congregate care in California’s child welfare system. 

Through the creation of a statewide team of youth ages 14-24 to become advocates, facilitators, and leaders, this project seeks to advance this existing partnership to create a joint task force to implement short-term, high impact strategies to improve the experiences of BYMOC currently in foster care. Youth will collaborate to develop a shared long-term vision and strategies for systems reform to reduce the number of BYMOC foster youth placed in group homes and prevent them from becoming justice-involved.

CYC, in partnership with CDSS and other community partners, will disrupt dehumanizing practices in child welfare for Black and Indigenous youth by uplifting their expertise while investing in their personal and professional development.