2016 Impact-Maker to Watch: Jenny Vinopal

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in the Tom Bradley room at Los Angeles City Hall, 25 members of the Los Angeles community were honored for their foundational work to make a positive impact in our city.

Jenny Vinopal

...leads quarterly foster youth team leadership groups at various colleges and leads a team of CalYouth to Washington D.C. to advocate for Legislative change that directly affects foster youth. She trains foster youth to advocate for themselves.
— Dana Hammond, Choice Group

Jenny Vinopal is currently the Director of Programs at California Youth Connection (CYC), a statewide youth led advocacy organization serving youth from foster care. She has developed countless programs to support the leadership development of young people and created networks of partnerships in all regions of California. Prior to joining CYC, Jenny served as Assistant Director for Foster Youth Programs at the CSU Office of the Chancellor where she coordinated the implementation of California College Pathways which expands postsecondary educational opportunities for students from foster care in all institutions of public higher education. Jenny served as the director of several campus support programs including the Guardian Scholars at Cal State Fullerton and the Renaissance Scholars at Cal Poly Pomona where she developed on-campus support services that ensure admission, retention, and graduation for former foster youth. For over twelve years, Jenny was a volunteer for both the Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters of CYC and have assisted in the personal and professional development of youth to become empowered leaders in their community. Jenny holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California and earned her bachelor’s degree in human services from Cal State Fullerton.