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.
President and founder of Clay Student Leadership. The CLAY program teaches leadership principles to students and parents in the public schools. He received a Masters degree in Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also graduate from Rehma Bible and attended Dallas Christian College from 2002-2004. He is an author of several books, youth ministry curriculum resources, and served as Youth Pastor for 18 years in Dallas, Texas. With a passion for the teens of this nation and Latin America, Abel is crossing boundaries and building a dynamic program in many cities. He is a sought after speaker both in English and Spanish leadership training events. 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 the ministry knowledge has allowed him to develop, direct, and position Clay Student Leadership INC. for greater impact to our nation. Abel resides in Dallas with his wife Mary and their 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