Letter to the Community

CYC Board of Directors Announcement

Dear CYC Community,

After a rigorous six month executive search process, California Youth Connection (CYC) is pleased to announce the selection of Janay Eustace as our new Executive Director. We are thrilled to welcome Janay, a trusted leader and dedicated child welfare advocate with 20 years of experience, into this new role.

Having served as our Deputy Director since June, Janay has played a crucial role in helping CYC sustain, grow, and thrive during this unprecedented time. Prior to June, Janay served in multiple capacities at CYC, having started her journey at age 14 as a member and remaining an important figure in our community since then.

As a leader with lived experience, Janay is committed to working with CYC’s members, staff, and greater community to define what youth-led means today — and to realize our collective vision. Her passion for centering youth voice in all decision-making processes, transforming California’s foster care system, and lifting up the experiences of our members is clear in her approach to leadership. We are lucky to have Janay guiding us as we embark on this next exciting chapter.

Please send your warmest wishes to Janay as she begins this new adventure at CYC. She looks forward to connecting with all of you soon.

In community, 

The CYC Board of Directors 

Janay at CYC in 2006 vs. 2020

CYC Member Transition Committee Announcement

Dear CYC Community, 

On behalf of the California Youth Connection Member Transition Committee, we would like to thank you for your contribution in our search for a new Executive Director. We are pleased to welcome our new Executive Director Janay Eustace. Janay is a former member of the Sacramento Chapter and has served in many CYC roles over the years. We look forward to working with Janay to provide youth input in the decision making process for internal processes and provide her with recommendations on procedures for the organization. 

Please help us welcome our new Executive Director Janay Eustace. 


Member Transition Committee