Press Release

The private nonprofit agency Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Siskiyou County is rebranding itself as Youth Empowerment Siskiyou (YES), effective October 1, 2019. The CASA program will remain the flagship program of the agency, which will now advocate for trauma-exposed, foster, or at-risk youth. 

Since 2004, the agency and dedicated CASA program volunteers have advocated for abused and neglected foster children, guided by the belief that all children deserve safe, loving and permanent homes.

For the past three years, the agency has also facilitated a trauma-informed summer camp program benefitting local children exposed to domestic violence, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or other forms of family trauma.

Growth of the summer camp program has necessitated a restructuring and renaming of the agency. Youth Empowerment Siskiyou is now the umbrella agency supporting both the CASA and summer camp programs.

The mission expansion enables YES to serve any youth age 0-25 who has been exposed to trauma, is in the foster care system or is at-risk. Cutting overhead and pooling resources will allow YES to more efficiently serve more local children and their families. 

The Board of Directors and staff are confident that restructuring will strengthen both the CASA and summer camp programs individually. The change will also allow for the addition of other programs serving youth and families in the future, based on the needs of our community. 

Community members with questions about the rebranding are invited to contact members of the Board of Directors or staff. Youth Empowerment Siskiyou Executive Director Sarah Springfield can be reached at 530-841-0844 or Christine Todd, President of the Board of Directors of Youth Empowerment Siskiyou, can be reached at 530-842-1694 or