California Coalition for youth T he California Coalition for Youth (CCY) is a 35-year- old grassroots non-profit organization located in Sacramento that, as a statewide coalition, takes positions on and advocates for public policies, programs, and services that empower and improve the lives of California’s youth, ages 12 to 24. CCY represents several hundred youth and community agencies throughout California that focus on disconnected, homeless, and runaway youth. More than 260,000 youth up to the age of 18 and many thousands more between the ages of 18 and 24 experience homelessness and lack the services they need each 118 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | comstocksmag.com year in our state, and CCY is the leader on this issue and their voice at the statewide level. In addition, CCY operates the California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL), a statewide, toll-free, 24-hour, confidential hotline available to teens and young adults from age 12 to 24 and/or adults supporting youth. If someone you know is in crisis, they can call 1-800-843-5200. CYCL is also an immediate, reliable and free link between youth and local services, and can help callers find homeless youth shelters, youth-serving medical clinics, ongoing counseling services and much more throughout California. CALYOUTH.ORG IMPROVING & EMPOWERING THE LIVES OF CALIFORNIA’S YOUTH CCY is committed to improving and empowering the lives of California’s youth by advocating for the programs, support, and resources they need to have successful lives.