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Christi McDaniel high fiving a girl at Children Striving Together’s youth empowerment vision board event.

Helping Our Youth Thrive

We provide enrichment activities, mentoring, and annual events to at-promise youth in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

How kids spend their time is important.

We realized the youth in our community needed more positive outlets, so we made it our mission to be part of the solution.

CST is made up of people from the very community we serve, so it gives us first hand insight into exactly what our kids need. We’re helping shape a better tomorrow by offering resources, positive influences, and specially catered activities to the youth in our community.

CST host holding a slice of pizza and attentively looking at a magazine at Children Striving Together’s annual vision board event.
Christi McDaniel speaking to a group of students at Whaley Middle School’s career day.

Children Striving Together isn’t your average after-school special.

The “CST effect” is all about the way youth leave our organization. With every event, activity, and encounter at CST, we let our youth know we’re here for them.


Our organization is about more than activities. We’re here to mentor and add value to children’s futures. When youth enter any new chapter of their lives, we want them to have a positive effect on the people they encounter.

How We Help L.A. and Orange County Youth Thrive

Young girl holding a hula hoop at Children Striving Together’s Annual Day in the Park Event at Compton Youth Activities League.

Health & Wellness

At CST, we know that physical health is just as important as mental health. That is why we always offer activities that keep our youth moving. From sporting activities to physical activities at our events, we know that this is part of helping our youth thrive!

Children Striving Together mentor tutoring a young boy.

Academic Support

We know that academic support is important for the youth in our community. To support this, we offer tutoring and homework support. We have developed strategies that support our children in their goals for academic development.

A lady paints a cloud on her canvas at the Children Striving Together youth development sip and paint event hosted at Gallery 90220 in Los Angeles, California.


We know that as our youth get older, they have more options which means more opportunities to find themselves in challenging situations. We strive to empower our youth through enrichment activities such as arts and crafts, teen book clubs, field trips, and much more. It is our goal to enhance their quality of life outside the classroom.

Upcoming Events

  • High School Mentorship Cohort 10
    High School Mentorship Cohort 10
    Múltiples fechas
    sáb, 23 sept
    Yetunde Price Resource Center
    23 sept, 13:00 – 04 nov, 16:00
    Yetunde Price Resource Center, 363 W Compton Blvd, Compton, CA 90220, USA
    Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Your future self will thank you! Join now and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow
  • 7th Annual Black Tie Masquerade Gala
    7th Annual Black Tie Masquerade Gala
    vie, 27 oct
    Venue By Three Petals
    27 oct, 18:00 – 23:00
    Venue By Three Petals, 18582 Beach Blvd #7, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
    Join us for an enchanting evening of mystery and elegance at the 7th Annual Black Tie Masquerade Gala. Unveil your hidden identity, indulge in exquisite cuisine, and dance the night away. Mark your calendars for an unforgettable night of sophistication and intrigue. Save the date!
Children Striving Together board members put their hands together to show their dedication to working together to help the youth of Los Angeles and Orange Counties thrive.
"I love that they are sincerely there for the kids. It’s not fake, Christi and her crew care about bringing programs that will impact our youth."
Robert Ray | Compton, CA

Want to help the youth of L.A. and Orange Counties thrive?

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