CCY, a state-wide, grassroots organization, serves youth aged 12-24 by advocating for public policies, programs, and services that respect, empower, and protect the rights of all youth.

Serving Youth in California - California Coalition for Youth

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is pleased to announce September’s organization of the month, California Coalition for Youth (CCY). CCY, a state-wide, grassroots organization, serves youth aged 12-24 by advocating for public policies, programs, and services that respect, empower, and protect the rights of all youth. To achieve these programmatic goals, CCY partners with youth, links with youth-serving programs throughout California, advocates for youth rights, connects youth to resources, and educates policymakers and stakeholders.

As long-time collaborators with NRS, CCY has forwarded overflow callers from their California Youth Crisis Line to NRS’ crisis hotline. Further, they have served as active members of the National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) task force, getting their stakeholders and supporters involved in efforts to raise the profile of the runaway and homeless youth crisis across California. ‘CCY is always bringing new members on board for NRPM, they are constantly networking to get the word out about what people can do in their communities to help youth in crisis,’ says Samantha Owens, NRS’ Community Engagement Specialist.

One particularly noteworthy and important component of CCY is the centrality of youth voices and youth perspectives in their work. CCY has a section of their website devoted to youth voices as well as a youth advisory board. Further, throughout all of their work with NRPM, they have maintained their commitment to hearing and amplifying the voices of the youth they serve. To learn more about CCY, visit their website at calyouth.org.

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