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Caylin  Moore

Caylin Moore

Author, Rhodes Scholar & Aspiring Professor


By all rights, Caylin Louis Moore should be dead, in prison, or a gang member. Instead, he’s a Rhodes Scholar, author, speaker, and role model for every kid deprived of hope in downtrodden communities. In his book, A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford, and as an inspirational keynote speaker, Caylin shares the story of his exodus from one of the most impoverished, gang-infested communities in the United States to the golden, dreaming spires of Oxford, England. Read More >

After Moore’s mother gathered her three young children and fled an abusive husband of nine years, leaving behind a comfortable middle-class life, Moore found himself in a bewildering and dangerous environment. The family lived in a neighborhood ruled by the Bloods, and Caylin often lay awake at night, terrified by both the sounds of gunfire outside and the scratching of rats and roaches moving in the walls. When Caylin’s father was convicted of murder and his mother was sexually assaulted in the hospital while recovering from open-heart surgery, he was forced to enter adulthood prematurely. Embracing his mother’s steely faith in God and education, Caylin skirted the gangs and the endemic violence of Compton to excel on the football field and in the classroom.

Academics and athletics led to college scholarships, which led to a Fulbright and eventually the Rhodes Scholarship. Along the way, Caylin cofounded a student organization Strong Players Are Reaching Kids (S.P.A.R.K.), which brought college athletes into underserved classrooms as inspirational speakers, role models and mentors. They encouraged youth to pursue their education and ultimately become "sparks" of change in their own communities. One of their primary mottos is, "Speaking life into a dying situation." His eye-opening, inspirational story proves that, contrary to what others told him on his journey, there is no such thing as a dream too big. Read Less ^

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A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford

In this inspiring keynote, drawn from his acclaimed book A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford, Caylin Moore shares his against-all-odds journey from the cruel poverty of gang-ridden Los Angeles to becoming a Rhodes Scholar attending Oxford University. Caylin’s story is one that  normally would have led him to gangs and prison: a father, convicted of murder; a mother, the victim of sexual assault; a hungry child, kept awake at night by the sounds of gunfire and the scratching of rats and roaches. Instead, by embracing his mother’s steely faith in God and education, he escaped Compton to excel at football and academics. Called "an inspiring tale that should be mandatory reading for every student, parent, and anyone else interested in the success of those who will shape and define our future," Caylin’s story proves that there is no such thing as a dream too big.