The project would train & empower the in care and emancipated foster youth members of CYC, & support them as they gain leadership skills & volunteer in their foster care community.
Statistics show rising rates of homelessness and unemployment, continued poverty, and poor physical and mental health outcomes among former foster youth. For many foster youth, being disempowered and unable to voice their concerns contributes to their lack of self worth and their inability to overcome their obstacles. Through CYC, current members gain the skills and opportunities to share their experiences with key decision makers, that in turn translates to improving their own personal success.
Foster youth rarely have input in their lives, but by participating in CYC leadership opportunities they learn to not only advocate for themselves but also for the thousands of other foster youth in care.
Individually, all members will begin to break the cycle of abuse and neglect that has dominated their lives & have a better chance of succeeding as independent adults when they emancipate from care, due to self awareness and empowerment.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
California Foster Care Ombudsman
CYC Member and Staff Editorial Article