Joy has joined us as policy coordinator after spending the last 7+ years as a member of both CYC and YTP. She has served our organization in a variety of leadership roles, including Santa Cruz chapter president, conference facilitator, curriculum developer, youth trainer and, most recently, representative for the Bay Area region on our very own legislative committee. For the past year, Joy has also worked for the National Center for Youth Law's "FosterEd" initiative, a program centered on improving educational outcomes for foster youth and that sponsored a CYC supported bill to align and expand the impact of Foster Youth Services (FYS) with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
Joy's passion for youth empowerment and advocacy stems from her own experience growing up in California's foster care system after first entering at age 5 and later permanently entering at age 11. Once she graduated from high school (concurrently emancipating from the system), Joy went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a strong believer that youth are experts on issues impacting their lives, Joy plans to continue educating others and spreading awareness about the importance of youth voice.