California Youth Connection (CYC)

California Youth Connection (CYC) is a youth led organization dedicated to transforming the foster care system through legislative and policy change. CYC thrives on the contributions and equal partnership of current and former foster youth, striving not only for change but to develop leaders who empower one another and their communities. To learn more about how you can share your voice and speak out for foster youth, visit:

Day At The Capitol
The Holy Grail of CYC Events! Day at the Capitol is a great advocacy and empowering event that trains CYC Youth members on the legislative process and gives them the opportunity to meet with legislatures to discuss their ideas for
Summer Conference
A four day conference that allows CYC members the opportunity to identify the most pressing issues facing foster youth in California. The conference provided the opportunity to collaboratively brainstorm possible solutions with other chapters, which are then presented to Read more
Benefits Of CYC
  • Empowering yourself and others
  • Interacting with other foster youth across California in order to change policy
  • Meet with legislatures and policy makers
  • Make a lot of friends
Expectations Of CYC
  • Contribute to the respectful and courteous environment
  • Commit to attending biweekly meetings
  • Communicate
  • Be ready to challenge yourself
  • Have Fun
Roles Of CYC
There are numerous opportunities to become more involved and take on a leadership role (i.e. co-chair, secretary, etc.). For more information, contact Mike McKenzie: (714) 619-0212,
Chapter Accomplishments

The Orange County CYC Chapter would like to thank the following organizations for their continued support of CYC and what CYC stands for.