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 is the President and founder of Clay Student Leadership. The CLAY program teaches leadership principles to students and parents in public schools. He received a master's degree in leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. He also graduated from the Rehma Bible and attended Dallas Christian College from 2002 to 2004. He is the author of several books, curriculum resources for youth ministry and has served as a Youth Pastor for 18 years in Dallas, Texas. With a passion for the adolescents of this nation and Latin America, Abel is crossing borders and developing a dynamic program in many cities. He is a highly sought-after speaker at both leadership training events in English and Spanish. He also worked in corporate America, where he was instrumental in working with more than 450 employees and millions of dollars in inventories. His experience with the corporate world mixed with the knowledge of the ministry has allowed him to develop, direct and position Clay Student Leadership INC for a greater impact in our nation. Abel resides in Dallas with his wife Mary and his family.
“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