Our mission is to improve and empower the lives of California’s youth.

Today’s Youth are faced with a myriad of complex and difficult issues and often lack an adequate support system to transition successfully into adulthood. In response, The California Coalition for Youth (CCY) provides strong statewide policy leadership around issues concerning disconnected runaway and homeless youth.

Who we are

CCY is a statewide, grassroots nonprofit organization that serves disconnected youth ages 12-24 throughout the state. Our membership consists of youth, youth advocates, and youth-serving agencies. CCY is governed by a statewide Board of Directors representing youth-focused programs and organizations, youth and other individuals interested in advancing our mission. Our vision is that every youth in California is connected to the services, resources, support and programs they need to have successful lives.

Latest publication:

Filing Taxes for Youth 101

What we do

CCY is a tireless advocate for public policies, programs and services that respect, empower and protect the rights of all youth. We do this work through:


with youth


with youth-serving programs throughout California


for youth rights


youth to resources


communities, policy makers and stakeholders