California Youth Connection - Our Voices, Our Future

"I am proud that I have been able to stand up and step into a leadership role. I have gotten to share my
personal story, be given the opportunity to public speak, and through CYC I’ve been able to come into myself."
-Charys, member-

"CYC has helped me to grow to be the person I am now. CYC has healed some things
that therapy could never do…It’s healed me."
 -Cassandra, member-

"CYC provides an opportunity to come together with people that are like me with similar backgrounds, and together we are changing the system so the people that come behind us don’t have to go through what we did."
-Allan, former member and current supporter-

"It’s my life and no one else’ life. I need to tell people what I need…what we, as foster youth, need.
It’s our life, we need to have a say in it. "
-Lazara, member-

"CYC has taught me to be involved and that what I have to say matters. My experiences matter."
 -Will, member-

"CYC is a great experience. It’s a place where you can be yourself, share your life and no one judges you. It’s amazing to be with people who understand your pain and joys. It’s not about me, it’s about we. "
-Clay, member-

"CYC is the family that my parents should have been and the state should have been.
Through making the system better, I have made a new family."
-Kevin, member-

"On the day I shadowed Assembly Member Beall, I got to sit up there with him as he voted [during a hearing]. It was a great experience because they treated us like equals and that they got our backs. It was a once in a lifetime experience."
-Joe, member-

"CYC changes your life. It made me focus more on “we” versus “me”. When I was in care, I was ashamed of being
a foster. But today, I know all of our past has made us who we are. CYC has really impacted my life-
it’s made me a stronger person."   -Feven, member-

"CYC means a place to advocate, a place to meet other fosters and a place to change. "
-Terrell, member-


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CYC Applications for the 2015 Conference Facilitator Team!

California Youth Connection (CYC) provides the opportunity for members to gain facilitation skills and apply them by becoming facilitators at our two annual conferences, Day at the Capital and Summer Leadership and Policy Conference. Please read this application thoroughly and answer all questions under the application portion. Make sure you are qualified to be a facilitator (see qualifications below) before you submit this application.  The application deadline is May 29th, 2015.

Applications are available here.

Project Blue is May 27th. Wear Blue to Support Foster Care Awareness Month! 

Project Blue was developed by CYC's Sonoma chapter as part of Foster Care Awareness Month. On May 27, go blue to stand in solidarity with those who have been impacted by foster care and to show your support for the 640,000 youth in foster care in the United States.Change your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media accounts profile picture blue. Project Blue's mission is to stand together; as communities, corporations, celebrities, faith groups, sports leagues, schools and simply as humans, to send a message of solidarity to those who are currently or have been in foster care. Like the Project Blue Facebook Page, RSVP to the event, and learn more about Project Blue here. #goblueforfosteryouth

Support CYC's Climbers for Questival! 

Support our youth members and supporters as they climb Mount Shasta for Questival! CYC and Fostering Media Connections have partnered for the 4th annual Questival climb to raise money for foster youth advocacy. Donate to the fundraiser at . If you're interested in sponsorship, check out


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.



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