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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2014 Culinary Inspirations

CYC Spotlight

What’s Happening With CYC


CYC in the press!

CYC'S Local Control Accountability Plan has been submitted to the California School Board and is going to be a good starting point for school districts to improve accomdations and provisions for foster youth. “"We’ve gone through life experiences that other kids don’t go through,' said Yoselin Cabral, a student at Cal State Fresno and a former foster youth. 'We’re not worried about our clothes or even school. We worried about where we’re going to be living the next day.'" Read the rest of the article featuring CYC members here.

CYC's Annual Day at the Capitol!

CYC is proud to annouce that CYC's 2014 Day at the Capitol was a huge success!!! CYC's bill regarding Sibling Visitation Rights, will now be authored by Senator Steinberg (Author of CYC's Original Sibilng Togetherness bill AB 1987 in 2000). At this year's Rally/Press Conference on February 10th on the Capitol West Steps, CYC honored Phillip Crandall, Barbara LaHaie and Senator Holly Mitchell. We had over 385 people in attendance at the event! Congrats to all of the youth, adult supporters and community members that took part in the weekend's events.


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.


Former Foster Youth are Eligable for FREE Medi-Cal due to ACA

Did you know that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), former foster youth that were in care on their 18th birthday qualify for FREE Medi-Cal?!?! No matter your income! If you are under 26 and are a former foster youth, under ACA, your coverage will include medical care, vision exams, sustance abuse treatment, mental health services and counseling and dental care (starting May 2014). To learn more, please go to


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