The CCY Blog

Learn about our Volunteers 01: Sienna

January 14, 2020

CYCL Article, CYCL News, CYCL Volunteer of the Month

My name is Jason and I am a staff member at the California Youth Crisis Line. Twice a month I will be interviewing volunteers and staff members and share our conversations on the California Youth Crisis Line blog and newsletter. Today, I’ll be sharing a discussion I’ve had with one of our volunteers, Sienna, who’s been with the Crisis Line for a year and a half.

Jason: So Sienna, what attracted you to helping youth in crisis?

Sienna: I’m a psychology major and my psych society club mentioned this opportunity and I was excited that people from my major also volunteer here. I also wanted to get experience in helping people and answering phone calls, so I applied, and I volunteer here now.

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Crisis Line Call Topic 01: What is Family Conflict? And Why Are Youth Calling About It?

January 14, 2020

CYCL Article, CYCL News

One of the most common calls that our crisis counselors take involves family conflictIn Family Conflict-related crises severity can range from youth experiencing frustration with their parents, or siblings, to getting kicked out of the home for coming out LGBTQIA+, or experiencing any form of abuse (physical, mental, sexual) from a family member.

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California’s Road Map: Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness

December 4, 2018

California, CCY Docs, Policy Alerts

New Publication Available: California’s Road Map: Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness.

In preparation for incoming Governor, Gavin Newsom, and newly-elected members of California’s Legislature, the California Coalition for Youth (CCY), its members, and stakeholders are excited to provide this new administration with details on how California can prevent and end youth homelessness. Our publication, “California’s Road Map: Preventing & Ending Youth Homelessness,” details the issues that youth experiencing homelessness face in California and discusses:

  • Opportunities available to end youth homelessness;
  • The immediate steps to combat youth homelessness; and
  • The long-term actions to prevent youth from becoming homeless in the first place.

Please download and share the publication via this link, or clicking on the image below, we will also make it available for download via our social media channels and our website. If you have any questions or looking for more information regarding “California’s Road Map…” please reach out to Jevon Wilkes at jevon@calyouth.org or (916) 514-4464 x101.

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SB 918 Signed into Law

September 27, 2018

California, CCY Docs, Policy Alerts

Governor Brown Takes Historic Step To Begin Addressing the Needs of Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness

 

Today, Governor Brown signed the Homeless Youth Act of 2018 – SB 918 (Wiener), which is one of the California Coalition for Youth’s sponsored bills.  This bill takes a significant first step for California to do the state-level system work and coordination necessary to prevent and end youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

SB 918 directs the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (Council) to set specific measurable goals and map progress towards ending youth homelessness. The Council will also work to:

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A Call to Action: End and Prevent Youth Homelessness in California

January 8, 2018

CCY Docs

The following is our recent Call to Action.

Youth Homelessness is solvable. Through statewide coordination and real investments in proven models of care, California can achieve what other states are actively working toward communities where youth homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring.

RHY Hearing Paper January 2018

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A Call to Action: Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness in California

October 12, 2017

CCY Docs

 

Los Angeles – Yesterday, California State Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Blanca Rubio held a joint informational hearing at the Los Angeles LGBT Center to discuss the causes of homelessness among youth and young adults and the need for solutions, including funding, to get young people off the streets.

Members from the California Coalition for Youth testified before the committee on the causes of homelessness amongst youth, with family rejection and poverty being significant causes, as well as on the solutions needed to address the growing crisis.  Research shows that 20-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT.  Out of those youth, 40% cite family rejection as the primary reason for their homelessness.

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