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!

Win Win Testimonial

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Orientation to YEP

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Introduction to Child Welfare Services

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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