Created by Jahaira
CYC is a youth led organization that
develops leaders who empower each
other and their communities to transform
the foster care system through legislative
and policy change.
Increasing CYC membership.
Promoting skill development &
leadership with youth.
Expanding CYC financial & community
Strengthen CYC organizational infrastructure.
Advocating for effective implementation of
statewide legislation & changes in practice at
county & state levels.
Strengthening & increasing the ability of the
chapters to promote, create, & respond to
emerging & current policies & being able to
initiate at a state & county level.
• To increase youth
order to see an
events where they
are able to establish
• Change policies.
CYC addresses the needs of foster
youth that are from ages 14-24.
It focuses in trying to make changes
for youth from ages 0-24.
WHAT COMMUNITIES DOES CYC
MEMBERS’ INCOME LEVELS
The income of all youth
Depends on the type of
foster parents they
Some youth have jobs
others do not.
Court Appointment Special Advocates: Advocates
speak for those who have experienced neglect and
abuse in the foster system.
Independent Living Program: Prepare youth to become
Building Healthy Communities: Hub of network
agencies that provide funding for the central valley
Youth Engagement Team: It is an extension of
Building Healthy Communities where youth
organizations work together to change local
Youth Training Project: All CYC members work
on curriculum and leadership (statewide level).
CYC does not give direct
• Support services
• Moral support
• Emotional support
Members have check-ins
with other members or
with Hector Cerda the
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
California Youth Connection is a non-profit
organization founded in 1988. The Board Of Directors
Parissh Knox is the Past-President in Los Angeles, CA
(Attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP, 2nd Generation Orphan).
Edmund Fernandez is the Treasurer in San Bruno, CA
Carlos Senior Admin Analyst, Management Rotation
Program, City of Santa Monica (Former Foster Youth
Collard, President, in Los Angeles, CA.
Cassie Morton, Resides in Coronado, CA Dean for the San
Diego Community College District (Retired).
Daniel Heimpel, Resides in San Francisco (Director, Fostering
Jennifer Rodriguez in Davis, CA (Attorney, Youth Law
Center, Former Foster Youth)
Karen Grace-Kaho, Resides in Sacramento, CA (Foster Care
Ombudsman, State of California
Laura Ziemer, Youth Member in Arcata, CA (Trainer
(PRIDE), College of the Redwood, Foster/Kinship Care Education
Program; Former Foster Youth.
Marilyn Mackel in Sausalito, CA (Commissioner in, Los Angeles
Superior Court (Retired).
Myesha Jackson in Sacramento, CA (Chief
Consultant, Assembly Human Services Committee.
Shawn Clark in Thousand Oaks, CA (Owner, Applied Network
Solutions, Former Foster Youth.
Sokhom Mao Youth Member in Oakland, CA (Data
Specialist, UC Berkeley, Former Foster Youth)
Sopheavy Clarke in San Antonio, TX (Student at UT San
Antonio, and Intern at Valero Energy Corp, Former Foster Youth).
Tonya Hightower in Anaheim, CA (Senior Adjustor, Infinity
Insurance, Former Foster Youth).
Lazara Martinez, Secretary, Youth Member in Fresno, CA
(Student, Former Foster Youth).
Executive Director Joseph Tietz
Director of Program
Manager Programs NorCal
Regional Coordinator Bay
Area Kate Teague
Regional Coordinator Central Valley
Regional Coordinator SoCal
Regional Coordinator SoCal Rebecca Leach
Social Media Coordinator (Contact) Theo
YTP Coordinator Sophia Herman
HCTACY Admin Sarah Duncan
Director of Training Jaime Lee Evans
Conference Coordinator Jude Koski
Director of Operations Tiffany
YTP Admin Jeanie Yoon
Volunteer Coordinator Darryn Green
Director of Development
CYC Admin Assist/Development
Associate Angela Martin
Legislative Coordinator Chantel Johnson
Director of Policy Vacant
Contact Policy Coordinator
Crystal O’ Grady
NorCal Roderick Venter
NorCal Chris Ketchum
In CYC, members are considered the clients and they work
together as a team to find ways they can add or eliminate things
on the foster care system.
The consumers create trainings for foster parents so that they can
have more knowledge on how to help the youth be more
dependent and learn how to open savings accounts.
The constituents have meetings where they discuss what policies
they want to change, help with foster care trainings, organize
events, and make decisions of what person will make the best fit
as a supporter.
HOW CYC FUNCTIONS
Principle of social work:
• CYC brings justice to the foster youth who might not
have had rights before.
• It serves as a voice of foster population.
• The foster youth are the voice of fosters.
INTERNATIONAL AGENCY IN CANADA
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks is a non-
profit organization and it is led my foster youth.
The youth members from ages 14-24 work together to
make positive improvements on the lives of many BC
Some members are in foster homes, group
homes, residential mental health, & independent living.
FBCYICN helps the youth form their own voice in order
for them to change policies in the foster care system.