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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

  • Elementary Mentor Cohort 12
    Elementary Mentor Cohort 12
    sáb, 22 jun
    Yetunde Price Resource Center
    22 jun 2024, 13:00 – 10 ago 2024, 17:00
    Yetunde Price Resource Center, 363 W Compton Blvd, Compton, CA 90220, USA
    Cohort 12 is up next for our Elementary Students
  • Annual Back to School Giveaway
    Annual Back to School Giveaway
    sáb, 03 ago
    The Grocery Outlet
    03 ago 2024, 12:00
    The Grocery Outlet, 2175 Rosecrans Ave, Compton, CA 90222, USA
    Children Striving Together & Our Place Healing Hearts is back with another Back to School Giveaway. We cannot wait to see you there!
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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