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Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Foster Care

Mission: To promote the participation of foster youth in policy development and legislative change to improve the foster care system. The organization strives to work with decision makers to improve social work practice and child welfare policy.

Programs: Trained hundreds of foster youth on leadership and advocacy skills so they are able to collaborate with policymakers on system change. 62,000 plus children and youth in california are impacted by cycs work. 1,000 plus youth directly engage with cyc every year. 715 plus youth are active members throughout the year. Youth are supported by 29 staff and more than 200 volunteers.

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Terrific non-profit organization with a truly important goal: "To promote the participation of foster youth in policy development and legislative change to improve the foster care system, and strives to improve social work practice and child welfare policy." Consider that: - 20% of the US foster care population is in California - Up to 50% of former foster/probation youth become homeless within the first 18 months of emancipation - 27% of the homeless population spent time in foster care - Youth in foster care are 44% less likely to graduate from high school - Girls in foster care are six times more likely to give birth before the age of 21 than the general population This organization, mainly run by ex-foster care youths, is working to improve the odds above. As California residents, as neighbors to these kids, how can we not get more involved?