Community Alliance for Youth Success (CAYS)
CAYS was founded in 2011 by Bobbi DePorter and Stedman Graham.
CAYS – Community Alliance for Youth Success – is focused on bringing the YSW program to communities across the US and beyond. The program is volunteer-based. CAYS provides direction, ideas and suggested curriculum and each community determines the program that will best help their youth succeed. The only requirement to participate is that the programs need to focus on youth success, on giving youth a voice, and on supporting youth in discovering their purpose through involvement by the community.
- YSW brings community together in support of youth. CAYS is the national organization focused on bringing the YSW program to every community in the US and beyond. The program is free and provides direction, ideas and suggested curriculum. Each community determines the program activities that will best help their youth succeed.
- CAYS is founded by Bobbi DePorter, founder and CEO of QLN (http://www.qln.com/bobbi.aspx) and Stedman Graham, founder and CEO of The Identity Leadership company (http://www.stedmangraham.com/). They have combined their passion for and experience in helping youth succeed, along with community members, to create this program that is designed to support every student across the USA and around the world.
In 2015, CAYS partnered with Oceanside Unified School District/Oceanside Promise to develop the first Youth Success Week in January 2016. The Oceanside Promise is a community-wide partnership to support youth from cradle to college and career. In 2016, Youth Success Week reached 23 schools; 18,000 students in the district; and 13,269 families. In 2018, after 3 years of growing success, CAYS is further developing its YSW curriculum in partnership with Kearny High School and launching its next phase. For 2019, multiple school districts in California and in other states are evaluating how best to implement their own Youth Success Week program.
Youth Success Week was created by the Community Alliance for Youth Success (CAYS), co-founded by Stedman Graham and Bobbi DePorter.
Helice "Sparky" Bridges
Founder, Blue Ribbons Worldwide
Speaker, Founder, Early Start College Planning
SVP & Chief Advocacy Officer, Mission Federal CU
Founder, Giving Tree Movement
CEO & Speaker, Extreme Leadership
CAYS Steering Committee
Stedman Graham, Stedman and Associates CEO and CAYS co-founder
Bobbi DePorter, President of Quantum Learning Network, LFI President and CAYS co-founder;
Steve Farber, CEO and Speaker, Extreme Leadership
Helice “Sparky” Bridges, Founder, Blue Ribbons Worldwide
Starla Lewis, CEO, C.E.L.L
John Cotter, Speaker, Founder, Early Start College Planning
Wendy Darling, Founder, Miraculous Living Institute
Dani Henderson, Founder, Kids Soul Speak
Christian Mouritzen, Strategic Advisor
Andrew Blume, Veteran and Youth Advocate
Luisa Csathy, Founder, Giving Tree Movement
Neville Billimoria, SVP and Chief Advocacy Officer, Mission Federal Credit Union
Josue Hernandez, University Student
Ariana Tahmas, Student, El Camino HS
Drako Alva, Student, El Camino HS
Fatima Enriquez, Student, Sage Creek HS