Author, Rhodes Scholar & Aspiring Professor
Celebrated author and sought-after inspirational speaker, Caylin Moore invigorates audiences with wisdom from his journey of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to striving to leave the world better than he found it. His against-all-odds journey from the cruel poverty of a gang-ridden Los Angeles community to becoming a Rhodes Scholar is detailed in his acclaimed book, A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford. His work has been featured by Good Morning America, Sirius XM Radio, ABC News, NBC LA, Home and Family, Hallmark Channel, and The 700 Club amongst other media outlets. His book was named a Good Morning America Anchor’s Favorite Books of 2019 and was an Amazon Bestseller in Sociology of Urban Areas. Read More >
Changing Your Mindset to Be the Best You Can
A Dream Too Big
Against All Odds
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 could have led him to gangs and prison: a hungry child, kept awake at night by the sounds of gunfire and the scratching of rats and roaches. Instead, by holding onto hope and embracing his mother’s steely faith in education, he rose above his circumstances to reach the pinnacle of academic achievement as a Rhodes Scholar and future college professor. #1 New York Times Best-selling author Ron Hall called his book "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." Best-selling author Wes Moore said, “Caylin’s story is not just inspirational, it is instructional.” Caylin’s story proves that there is no such thing as a dream too big.
The process of finding out what you want to do and who you want to be should be approached with care and guidance, not angst and pressure. This talk provides an alternative philosophy to finding your way, that centers around gainful experiences and exposure that lead to the pursuit of inspirations and passions. Caylin Moore discusses his winding path, his inspirations, and how they have led him to a fulfilling career choice as a future college professor. His curriculum examines journaling, goal setting, the outlining of values, exploration of ideas and goal review. This talk is ideal for high school and college students, and those that have a vested interest in these students “finding their way and carving out meaning.”
Mental health experts find that the pressures for children to succeed are more intense and begin earlier than ever. Considering the ramifications of this perfectionistic culture, this is a perfect speech for students, as well as teachers and parents who are looking to relieve this devastating pressure. Caylin Moore, who was under incredible pressure to rise above poverty, opens up to discuss a healthy relationship between personal ambition and personal life, and focuses on the importance of our inspirations and reasoning behind pursuing our goals. He explores genuine self-development, as opposed to “trophy collection” and “resume building,” and provides tools and tips for self-care.
Caylin Moore has developed a sharp awareness of how systemic inequalities can affect an underrepresented student’s ability to thrive from research and lived experience. As he explains how he found his sense of belonging as an African-American male student-athlete coming from inner-city poverty, he pushes back against the pressures of the “Be twice as good, expect half as much” narrative. In this talk, Caylin explains his process of eschewing “imposter syndrome” and explains how he responded to his multiple adversities in pursuit of his dream of helping his community. This speech is perfect for university organizations interested in decolonizing academic spaces, championing diversity and inclusion, and equipping students of color with tips, tools, and the inspiration to achieve.
Caylin present critical insights to the collaboration between educational institutions and community organizations, and how these forces can be a “saving grace” in a young person’s life. Drawing upon lived experience in inner-city Los Angeles and scholarly research, he provides a sobering and refreshing discussion into how both of these forces have the potential to interact and cultivate youth for the better. He also provides tips and tools for those that engage with youth who face daily challenges. This speech is perfect for community organizations and educational institutions who want to understand the efficacy of their work and how it can one day produce change-makers, lifesavers and even, Rhodes Scholars.
Drawing on his first book A Dream Too Big and his theory of “Dream Inequality” Caylin Moore illuminates some of the internal and external factors that limit dreaming for many youth in impoverished and adverse circumstances. It is difficult to envision one’s self as a success at most anything, if you have learned to expect incarceration or death at an early age. This talk will provide context, and expert tools and tips to anyone who has an opportunity to embolden youth to expand their vision of themselves and pursue their dreams.
Caylin Moore discusses the pathways created through fellowship and scholarships. His success in winning the Rhodes Scholarship, US-UK Fulbright, and other prestigious awards allows him to provide unique insights into the preparation, application and interview processes. Bridging the chasm between Compton and Oxford was no light feat. Like many students, especially those coming from underrepresented backgrounds, he had to first understand that he belonged and had to convince himself that he was more than worthy of applying. Caylin centers this talk on his process of self-belief, the changes he is inspired to see in the world, and tools and tips for success for those who are interested in these opportunities.
"Caylin was everything I was hoping for. My attendees were completely bowled over by his story told in a down to earth, sincere manner. He is a delightful young man who genuinely listens to others and comes across as someone you want to root for. He cares about others – its obvious in every interaction he had. He just blew everyone away. One attendee told me Caylin was the best speaker we’ve had in 12 years (and we’ve had some good ones!) Such a special person."
“The members of our Board that attended that event were so impressed with him and would like to consider having him speak again at our annual Youth of the Year gala.”
"There are no words!!!! I want you to know I don’t give compliments lightly. Let’s see if I can say this briefly: In the 20 years I have been at FSU and 4+ keynote addresses annually, this is the one keynote message I will carry forth as much in my heart as in my mind. I’m not embarrassed to say I think the experience was 'life altering' for our students and attendees. So relatable and down to earth. Our students rallied around him and I’ve received nothing but the highest compliments for FSU from his speech. I expressed my reaction directly to Mr. Moore following the ceremony and hope he knows how seriously I meant those words. I received as much personally as any student, faculty or staff attending."
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