Caylin Louis Moore is a burgeoning thought leader, seeking to reform the way we think about and respond to gang membership, education, and urban poverty. He is the author of A Dream Too Big: The Story of An Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford. 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. His work has been featured by Good Morning America, Sirius XM Radio, ABC News, NBC LA, Home and Family, Hallmark Channel, and GoalCast amongst other media outlets. His book was named a Good Morning America Anchor’s Favorite Books of 2019 and an Amazon Bestseller in Sociology of Urban Areas.
After undergraduate studies in economics at Texas Christian University, he went on to become a 2017 Rhodes Scholar. Caylin is a 2019 graduate of the University of Oxford in England where he earned his masters of science in Latin American Studies. Caylin is currently a doctoral student at Stanford University, aspiring to become a sociology professor. As a scholar, Caylin looks forward to researching the seemingly intractable issues of gang violence, poverty, and how they are affected by policies that have been implemented to harm African-American and Latino communities. His experiences growing up in Compton and South Central Los Angeles inform his scholarly interests. He also plans to conduct research on gang association in Latin America, as well as write about his theory of “Dream Inequality,” which illuminates the factors that constrict aspirations for youth in adverse circumstances.
Caylin Moore has garnered much praise for his keynote speaking abilities and his gift of storytelling, invigorating audiences with wisdom from his journey of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to striving to leave the world better than he found it. He connects with a wide spectrum of audiences, as he works closely with clients to customize his speaking to align with the objectives of a particular event. Whether he is speaking about his book A Dream Too Big, the collaboration between education and community, dealing with pressures to succeed, carving out meaning, navigating higher education as a person of color, or dream inequality, his presentations are rich with actionable takeaways and leave audiences awe-inspired. Caylin has spoken at a multitude of high-impact venues: non-profit organizations such as the NCAA, community organizations such as the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania, and institutions of higher education such as Yale University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Austin to name a few.
As a testimony to his power to communicate through writing, notable figures have praised A Dream Too Big.
#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."
New York Times Best-selling author Wes Moore said, “Caylin’s story is not just inspirational, it is instructional.”
Emmy-Award Winning Anchor of Good Morning America and Pro-Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan said, "What an inspiring story. How he was able to use his wits and his smarts to stay out of trouble and to excel in life... I thought that this book needed to be put out there in the forefront because you can never have a dream too big to accomplish.” Caylin’s story proves that there is no such thing as a dream too big.