What is YEP?

The Youth Engagement Project (YEP) is a partnership between CFPIC and the California Department of Social Services to improve child welfare policies, programs and practices by building capactity for youth engagement at the state and local level.

YEP provides funding and support to counties to engage current or former foster youth on local projects designed to strengthen child welfare systems. These youth, called YEP Ambassadors, can engage with county coordinators in a variety of ways. Some local and state YEP activities have included:

  • Outreach efforts to increase resource family homes available for teens
  • Creation of training for social workers on youth engagement strategies
  • Increasing engagement of foster youth in independent living programs
  • Participation in local and statewide policy and program development workgroups

To learn more about how the YEP program provides opportunities to strengthen youth engagement, viewing our new video HERE!

YEP is a Win-Win-Win!

A Win for Youth!

YEP Ambassadors receive a stipend for participation in local and statewide YEP projects

YEP Ambassadors develop hard and soft skills through hands-on experience

YEP Ambassadors contribute to real change in the Child Welfare System by providing insight and experience to local and statewide systems

A Win for Counties!

YEP Counties receive financial and program support in building and increasing youth engagement efforts at the local level

YEP Counties gain valuable insight and expertise from those with local lived experience

YEP Counties enhance the ability of child welfare professionals to be more effective in their roles, through demonstration of Core Practice Model behaviors

A Win for California!

YEP Technical Assistance incorporates youth voice in shaping statewide child welfare programs and policies

YEP sponsorship supports counties in meeting youth engagement program requirements

YEP State Partnership demonstrates Integrated Core Practice Model Leadership Behaviors of Engagement, Advocacy and Teaming

How can your county join the YEP team?

The Youth Engagement Project at CFPIC currently partners with multiple counties in California to provide funding and program support to expand youth voice in child welfare systems. If your county is interested in partnering with YEP, please contact Kelly Hood, CFPIC YEP Director.

Kelly Hood, YEP Director




Lauren Mendez, YEP Project Associate


YEP Resources