CLAY Student Leadership is a program designed to positively transform the lives of students and parents in at-risk communities through holistic and relevant leadership training.
Since its inception in 1997, CLAY Student Leadership’s mission of CARING LOVING ALL YOUTH (CLAY) has helped decrease the maladaptive behaviors of at-risk students and increased the effectiveness of at-promise students by partnering with schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, outreach programs, and corporations to foster a community-based approach to student transformation. Through CLAY Student Leadership students and families find hope and purpose as each student learns to dream again and gains the practical tools to achieve their dreams.
Abel Lopez is the president and founder of CLAY Student Leadership. He served as a Youth Pastor for 18 years at Mundo de Fe church in Dallas, Texas. He received a Masters degree in Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also a graduate from Rehma Bible College and attended Dallas Christian College from 2002-2005. He is the author of The 12 Fundamental Keys to Developing an Effective Youth Ministry among other leadership books. He is the author of the CLAY Student Leadership program, a dynamic six-year leadership curriculum focused on reaching students and their parents in the public schools. He also worked in corporate America where he was instrumental in working with over 450 employees and millions of dollars of inventories. His experience with the corporate world mixed with his ministry knowledge has allowed him to impact this generation. Abel has a passion for the teens of this nation and Latin America, and is a sought after speaker both in English and Spanish leadership training events. Abel resides in Dallas with his wife Mary, their children and grandchildren.
Abel López es el presidente de CLAY Student Leadership. Sirvió como pastor de jóvenes por dieciocho años en la Iglesia Mundo de Fe en la ciudad de Dallas, Texas. Abel es graduado del Instituto Bíblico Rhema, asistió a Dallas Christian College desde el 2002 al2005 y recibió su maestría en liderazgo de la Universidad Indiana Wesleyan. Es autor del libro Las doce claves fundamentales para desarrollar un ministerio juvenil efectivo y La Biblia de Liderazgo, coautor de Somos padres... ¿y ahora quién podrá ayudarnos? y de Liderazgo vulnerable o intocable. Es fundador del programa CLAY Student Leadership y autor del plan de estudios de seis años de liderazgo dinámico cuyo enfoque es alcanzar a los jóvenes y sus padres en las escuelas públicas. Fue empresario por trece años donde fue instrumental en trabajar con más de 450 trabajadores y millones de dólares de inventario. Su experiencia en el mundo corporativo junto con su conocimiento del ministerio le han permitido impactar a esta próxima generación. Abel tiene una pasión por la juventud y es un buscado conferencista en eventos de entrenamiento tanto en inglés como en español. Reside en Dallas con su esposa Mary, sus hijos y sus nietos.
“This is the most powerful program I have ever seen. It helps them to start to believe in themselves, set goals, and ways to achieve those goals. Since our student’s parents most likely do not have a college background and are not planning on paying for or encouraging their child to attend college, this program gives students hope that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. Every choice they make starting right now leads them to the right path of being a college student and eventually finding a career that will support themselves and their future family.”
- Mrs. Burkett
“I think CLAY has been very powerful for the students. They are attentive, interested, and very responsive. I feel this program has been very inspiring to the students. As a teacher, I often refer back to the lessons when dealing with behavior issues. Being able to remind the students about life lessons is very helpful when getting students back on track.”
- Mrs. Chaney