About Us


Left to Right, Neil Shorthouse – Co Founder CIS, Former President CIS GA, Jimmy Carter – 39th President of United States, Reggie Beaty – Co-Founder & President FFES, Rosalynn Carter – 39th First Lady of United States, Bill Milliken – Co Founder CIS & Former President CIS National

Foundation For Educational Success (FFES) is a “one-stop-shop” for parents, mentors, educators, school administrators, youth and youth service workers looking to improve the climate, culture and relationships that drive them!  The foundation was launched in 1998 as part of the founders’ commitment to revolutionizing education and providing hope to young people and those who serve them.  Today there is a disconnect, a great divide, between adults and youth. The mere existence of this division makes it difficult, nearly impossible, for adults to relate things that are important in their world to those things important to youth. Success depends greatly on acknowledging that this divide exists and deliberately bridging the gap between the two worlds. We can do this, in part, by providing practical methods and solutions to effectively communicate with youth and help them understand how to develop a plan for a successful future. We seek to be your partner in changing lives and bringing these different worlds together.

Our philosophy is research based and consistent with studies by several noted authors, educators and professors who have devoted their lives to providing proven  strategies for improving education and the quality of lives for young people.  School culture and climate, combined with sound relationships between youth and adults, are the Foundation For Educational Success.

FFES Trainers and network of organizations bring cutting-edge, interactive programs that address communication, improve cultural barriers and strengthen relationships between adults and youth. Key trainers at FFES have over 30 years of experience working with youth and adults, and providing services nationally and internationally.

FFES Presenters are innovative leaders who have a unique and rare style of presenting that is appropriate for all ages. Our audiences are energized, captivated, entertained, excited, well-informed and left with an indelible impression.


Proven Educational Administrators

Co-founders, Foundation For Educational Success

Published Authors, Faces of Change (Student Workbook, Parent Tool)

Lead Developers, Georgia Graduation Coach Initiative 

Former Chief Operating Officer for Communities In Schools of Georgia

Lead Developer, Performance Learning Centers

Former Vice President of Operations, Liberal Arts College

Former Dean of Student Affairs, Liberal Arts College