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Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders

The mission of the C5 Youth Foundation is to change the odds for high-potential teens from under-resourced communities by inspiring them to pursue personal success, while preparing them for leadership roles in school, college, work and their communities.

The C5 Program is for teens in grades 8-12 and it empowers leaders to be:

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We all have the power to make a positive impact on our world. Find out how you can help break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations. Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. We mobilize U.S. students to transform our communities through service and change the world.

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Research has shown that the odds of graduating from high school and successfully entering college are heavily influenced by many forces beyond the classroom and are directly related to socioeconomic factors, such as the home situation of the student, the education level of the parent(s), and income levels.

We believe youth should have equitable opportunities to achieve success regardless of their background, community, or life circumstances.  Become a supporter of C5 today!


With locations in Georgia, Los Angeles, New England and Texas, we would with more than 1,000 young leaders annually.  Over the course of five years in our program, leaders refine and practice their leadership skills as they immerse themselves in experiential learning contexts, civic engagement, and college/career-exploration.

As C5 Leaders immerse themselves in outdoor challenges, perform community service, attend weekend pathway events and more they are developing the skills and dispositions required for academic persistence, community impact and success for life.

With sites in Georgia, Los Angeles, New England and Texas, C5 works with more than 1,000 young people annually.

"C5 pushed me past my comfort zone in high school, game me the courage to apply to colleges and universities I never thought I had a chance at. Thanks to C5, I am proud to say that I am a First Generation Harvard University graduate."
C5 Class if 2018