The Community Alliance for Youth Success (CAYS), co-founded by Stedman Graham and Bobbi DePorter, is a collaboration of volunteers who take a stand for the education and well-being of our youth.
I’m proud to be on the Organizing Committee of this committed, passionate team.
We recognize that our kids’ futures matter to all of us, whether we’re parents or not. They matter to our communities, to our cultures, and to our collective success as a society.
You’d think that would be obvious to everyone, but it’s not. Or if it is, we certainly don’t (collectively) act like it.
Our youth are smart, creative, and interested, and they offer a priceless, distinct contribution to all of us–if only we’d be aware enough, and care enough, to pay attention and listen to them.
Our intention is to hear them, to hear what success means to them, to hear what obstacles they face in their environments, in their education, in their circumstances, in themselves–and then facilitate their ability to communicate and take action to remove those obstacles.
“CAYS provides the platform for our leaders of tomorrow, no matter their heritage or experiences, to cultivate their sense of self, their understanding of their character, the attributes of leadership and their sense of belonging. We do this through summits, workshops, events and curriculum – and ultimately, collaboration.” –From the Youth Success Week website
In collaboration with the local school district, CAYS is bringing Youth Success Week to Oceanside, California, January 10 – 17, 2016.
We hope this week will be the first of many around the US and the world, but we’re starting in our own back yard.
Check out this video, (with comments from Stedman Graham, Bobbi DePorter, Duane Coleman, and me) and let me know how you’d like to help.
Our youth are counting on us:
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