California Youth Connection (CYC)

California Youth Connection (CYC) is a statewide youth run advocacy organization led by current and former Foster Youth between the ages of 14 to 24 committed to making positive change in the foster care system.

CYC Members:
• Attend chapter meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Department of Social Services. Dinner and transportation provided for any youth attending the meetings.
• Attend the Summer Leadership Policy Conference
• Attend the annual, weekend "Day at the Capital" Conference to educate legislators about foster youth issues.
• Collaborate with foster youth from across the state to create policy development and legislative change to improve the foster care system.
• Develop presentations to educate the public and policy makers about their experiences within the foster care system and make recommendations about how it can be improved.

Youth Leadership & Advocacy
If you are a foster youth or former foster youth, you have the opportunity to participate in decisions that are being made in the state of California and at the national level. If you are interested in becoming involved with a group of young people from foster care to help make a difference and promote a positive image of youth in the foster care system join CYC.

If you would like to get involved in CYC as a member or community supporter please contact CYC Coordinator at: (805) 781-1757. Become a voluntary community supporter! We are always in need of adults to support our members. Become a chapter volunteer who may provide a meeting space or food for a meeting. You can also become an event volunteer or join our fundraising committee.

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California Youth Connection

CYC is a youth-run advocacy group that works to improve the foster care and probation system:

  • Advocates on behalf of all foster and probation youth and make a difference in the system.
  • Go on trips to fun places and meet new friends.
  • It's a great resume builder!
  • CYC meetings are held the first and third Thursday of every month.

For more information or to join call 781-1757.