Christian Moore, MSW, LCSW


Christian Moore is an internationally renowned author, speaker, licensed clinical social worker, and advocate for at-risk youth. Coming from a blended family of 12 children, Christian spent most of his childhood years on the streets. In a neighborhood just outside of Washington, D.C., he was exposed to a wide array of social problems, which opened his eyes to the many injustices that exist in our world today.

It was during this time, in the face of intense challenges at home, that Christian was mentored and nurtured by his "second mother," an African American woman he endearingly called "Mama Jackson."

By the time Christian had reached second grade, he had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, conduct disorder, and severe learning disabilities. Because of these setbacks, he often felt socially isolated in school. He spent time both as bully and victim; and often acted out to avoid answering the questions of teachers.

Due to his poor grades and learning disabilities, high school counselors informed Christian that college was not a viable option. But after graduation, an experience volunteering in the inner city gave him a drive to help others and a reason to try.

Christian found his passion in social work. In college, he developed what he called his "No F" game plan. By attending all his classes, sitting in the front row, building relationships with professors, completing all his assignments, and utilizing every resource available, Christian rose from a "troubled" special education student to a well-respected recipient of a master's degree in social work.

As a social worker in education, youth corrections, and a homeless program, Christian began to see the need for a new approach in reaching out to today's youth. Drawing from his personal challenges, his degree, his career, and his understanding of people from all walks of life, Christian created WhyTry.

Thousands of school districts across the U.S. have had Christian consult on how to lower dropout, improve school climate, prevent bullying, lower the achievement gap, and improve academics through teaching social and emotional education to all students. Christian speaks at over 100 education events a year, using his unique resiliency formula in educational arenas that range from administration to special education.

Christian's personal mission is to ensure that youth are given an opportunity to succeed, regardless of social or economic status, race, background, or other personal obstacles.


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