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.
- CAYS is a 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, but each community will determine the program 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 to create this program help every student succeed across the USA and around the world.
- Fox 5 KSWB 4-23-18 Youth Success Week
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, the program is expanded and has now been adopted by Oakbrook in Illinois. For 2019, multiple school districts in California and in other states are evaluating how best to implement their own Youth Success Week program.
Giving Youth a Voice
Who is the Community Alliance for Youth Success (CAYS) ?
A volunteer team of adults and youth, working in collaboration with the Oceanside School District, to provide tools, training and entertain that create a foundation for students to become college and career ready.
Designed to engage and catalyze our entire community on matters related to the success and well-being of our youth. Youth Success Week brings together visionary educators, student and community leaders, professional experts, youth-serving organizations, entertainers, parents and students in an unprecedented demonstration of how a community can come together and put its children first. Their futures matter!
What are the Tools and Training Students Need to Become College, Career & Life Ready?
According to U.S. News and World Report Education, the 5 Soft Skills every student needs to become college and career ready are as follows:
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Problem solving
- Time management
Youth Success Week was created by the Community Alliance for Youth Success (CAYS), co-founded by Stedman Graham and Bobbi DePorter, in alliance with the Oceanside Unified School District and the Oceanside Promise, and community leaders.