Mental Health Advocacy Coordinator, California Youth Connection’s No Stigma No Barriers Project
Joy is the Mental Health Project Coordinator after first working with CYC as Policy Coordinator. Prior to that, Joy spent 7+ years as a member of both CYC and YTP. She has served our organization in a variety of leadership roles, including Santa Cruz chapter president, conference facilitator, curriculum developer, youth trainer and representative for the Bay Area region on our very own legislative committee.
Joy has also worked for the National Center for Youth Law’s “FosterEd” initiative, a program centered on improving educational outcomes for foster youth, which sponsored a CYC supported bill to align and expand the impact of Foster Youth Services (FYS) with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
Joy’s passion for youth empowerment and advocacy stems from her own experience growing up in California’s foster care system after first entering at age 5 and later permanently entering at age 11. Once she graduated from high school (concurrently emancipating from the system), Joy went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a strong believer that youth are experts on issues impacting their lives, Joy plans to continue educating others and spreading awareness about the importance of youth voice.