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What’s Happening With CYC
Celebrating CYC's Anniversary
CYC is proud to announce that 2013 is our 25th Birthday! Local chapters and the Statewide office will be hosting several events throughout the year throughout the State! Make sure to follow CYC on Facebook and check back here frequently to learn about the event nearest you. You can also click here to get a calendar of the upcoming events. The last event will be hosted by the CYC Statewide Office in Los Angeles on June 11th. Click here for the invitation.
In addition, CYC is launching our $25 for 25 Campaign. Sign up to give $25 a month for the next year in honor of our 25th Anniversary but clicking here. That's equivalent of giving up 1 cup of Starbucks coffee a week! To learn more about this campaign, what's celebrations are going on statewide, and the history of CYC, please click here or contact Jacque at the San Francisco office of at Jacque@calyouthconn.org.
Update on CYC's Sponsored Bills
SB 342: This bill was consented on in the Assembly, and has moved onto the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The Assembly Appropriations Committee reviews all bills with any fiscal impact after passage by a policy committee.
AB 196: CYC had several youth testify on April 30th in support of our bill, and many more youth were present for the hearing. The bill has now been moved and is in Appropriations.
Did You Know...
...that in 2000, language was adopted into the California state budget that states that "California values the input of foster youth into the development of child welfare policy and CYC is the vehicle to provide that input." This language establishes CYC as a central sustainable player in the development of child welfare policy in California and is a model for other states.
4th Annual Foster Youth Shadow Day!
On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, CYC and the California Foster Care Awareness Month Committee hosted our 4th Annual Foster Youth Shadow Day and Reception at the Capitol. This day served to raise awareness about the plight of California's 60,000 foster children, and allowed foster youth to shadow legislators and share with key stakeholders the profound impact policy decision shave made in their lives. In addition, the 1st marked the kickoff of Foster Care Awareness Month and CYC's 25th Anniversary- 25 years of empowering foster youth and ensuring that their voices are heard in policy and legislation. The Reception raised $3,000 and CYC was able to honor CYC Legend Legislator Senator Darrell Steinberg and CYC Legend Ida Lockett.
CYC's LA Office Moves and CYC Opens a New Central Valley Office- Come and Check it Out!LOS ANGELES: Thanks to the support from the Pritzker Family Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)- Youth Development Services (YDS), CYC's LA office will now be housed at the Metroplex Offices of DCFS at 3530 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA. Please come and join us for an Open House on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 from 10am-Noon. Appetizers and refreshments will be served as well as a great youth presentation on the CYC projects underway in the region. Hope to see you there! Click here to view CYC's official press release re: the CYC LA office.
CENTRAL VALLEY: Thanks to the support of the California Endowment, the Central Valley Training Academy, and Fresno County, CYC is proud to annouce the opening of our Central Valley CYC office! Please come out and join us for an Open House on Monday, May 13th, 2013 from 4-7pm. Click here for more info. For any additional questions, please contact Hector Cerda at Hector@calyouthconn.org