Category Archives: California

The latest updates from California Youth Connection – founding partner of the National Foster Youth Action Network

FYA partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Baker &– McKenzie law firm for Bay Area foster youth leadership opportunity

Noah Nash/ April 3, 2017/ California, FYA

FYA partners with HP Enterprise and Baker &– McKenzie law firm for Bay Area foster youth leadership opportunity: Youth Leader Susan Page gives her perspective FYA had the unique opportunity to partner with the incredible pro bono team of the international law firm Baker-McKenzie and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to design and deliver a special youth leadership event for youth

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Missed the Group Homes Webinar on 12/16/15? View the recording here!

Christie Renick/ December 24, 2015/ California, Florida, Webinars

Missed our HOT TOPICS webinar on Congregate Care? Youth Leaders from California Youth Connection (CYC) and Florida Youth Shine brought us up to speed on their state-level group home advocacy, and Alice Bussiere from Youth Law Center and Sean Hughes broke down for us the broader state and policy issues related to congregate care. Important, timely stuff! Go here to

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Youth-led Advocacy on Psychotropic Medication in Foster Care

Christie Renick/ March 4, 2015/ California

We wanted to share some new info about overmedication of foster youth – an issue many in the FYA network care deeply about. Many youth and adult advocates believe that medications are habitually overprescribed, and as a result there has been a lot of recent activity recently about regulate the use of psychiatric drugs within California’s foster care system. Long

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Their Own Voices: Foster Youth Advocate for Policy Change in Oregon, California & Colorado

Christie Renick/ March 3, 2015/ California, FYA, Oregon

    Youth and adult supporters from FYA partner organizations have been busy convening at state capitols where they advocate for policy change to improve the lives of young people in their respective states. FYA supports these groups by providing training and skill-building activities, which help young people better articulate their messages to legislators and create policy agendas.   OREGON

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Child Welfare Leaders & Funders Explore the Impact of Youth-Led Advocacy

Christie Renick/ January 7, 2014/ California, FYA

On January 6, 2014, Foster Youth in Action (FYA) and California Youth Connection (CYC) presented findings from FYA’s multi-state evaluation of positive youth development and CYC’s report, Building an Evaluation Culture and Changing Lives, to an audience of key child welfare thought leaders and funders.  Hosted by the Stuart Foundation’s Allison Sparks and Teri Kook, the convening included representatives from

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CYC’s Journey to SF

Christie Renick/ November 1, 2013/ California, Leaders 4 Change

Kate (our supporter) and Korah drove from San Francisco to Monterey to pick up Patterson and Emma. The trip from San Francisco to Monterey is a 2.5 hr drive. Upon picking up Patterson from CSU, Monterey Bay, they drove to Prunedale to pick up Emma. By the time they picked Emma up, Korah confessed to the group that the meal

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FYA Founder Receives Legend Award

Christie Renick/ October 22, 2013/ California, FYA

FYA founder Janet Knipe was honored at the California Youth Connection (CYC) 25th anniversary celebration on October 16th at the Old Mint Building in San Francisco. Knipe, who served as Executive Director of CYC for 14 years, received CYC’s Legend Award, alongside Senator Mark Leno. “I am deeply grateful to my CYC family for this wonderful honor. CYC is such

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Updates from California

Christie Renick/ October 4, 2013/ California

California Youth Connection’s (CYC’s) Summer Leadership and Policy Conference convened at California State University, Chico on July 26th-29th, 2013. They had over 200 attendees. Issues discussed included: High School Support Services, Group Home Reform, Transitional/AB 12 Housing and Sibling Visitations. In addition to the presentation made to the community on the Monday of the conference, CYC will be hosting a

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CYC Welcomes New Chapters

Janet/ June 1, 2011/ California

Our California Program Partner California Youth Connection is proud to announce that they are growing! They welcome the following new chapters to the CYC family: Mariposa, Napa/Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Yolo. That now brings CYC to a total of 33 county-based chapters.