Our Mission

The Mission of Silver Linings International is to help individuals and organizations reconnect to their strengths to create the next best version of themselves

What we 


Who we


Direct practitioners and peer specialists of youth and young adults in the human services field

Youth and Family Engagement Coordinators 

Adult allies of youth and young adult advocates

Program directors and policy makers in nonprofit, private and public sectors

CEOs and leaders of youth and young adult human service programs


Facilitating Positive Change

Debra Cady, Founder & CEO

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Silver Linings International

Advocacy Certification

This Silver Linings Advocacy™ Certification Program teaches adult allies of youth and young adult advocates and program administrators a best practice approach to design and assess youth and young adult involvement events and activities.


Graduates of the program are able to minimum or mitigate risk, eliminate tokenism, and maximize outcomes for youth and young adults and to the organizations that support them.


Tariq J. Smith, MA

Program Coordinator for CHR-P

CMI Healthcare Services

Memphis, TN

The Silver-Linings Certification Program is great for assisting agencies who desire to align their mission and objectives with engaging and implementing youth for youth-led programs. One of the underlying objectives of this certification program is that it helps with rediscovering the purpose of engagement and motivates you to think outside the box of traditional implementation strategies. Utilizing the concepts of Silver-Lining, is mutually beneficial for both youth and the agency hosting the youth-led program. 

Aszloyn N Wakefield

Assistant Director of Character and Leadership Development

Kids Hope Alliance

Jacksonville, FL

This program was great! I learned so many USEFUL tools: Hart's Ladder; Risks and Benefits. This program gave our well-meaning efforts and well-intended programs a significant upgrade.  (It) was life changing - not just to make youth experiences more impactful -- but my personal and professional experiences as well! THANK YOU.

Leanne Delsart

Integrated Services Manager of Strategic Initiatives

Children’s Community Mental Health Services and Wraparound Milwaukee,


I appreciated connecting with and hearing from others who are doing advocacy work and including y/ya in their orgs and programs. I also really appreciated the materials and tools that will help us to guide development and build in fidelity and quality assessments. The certification process created a community of learners, practitioners, and organizations allowing us all to benefit from diverse knowledge and experiences as we learned and applied the information shared in the program.

Meet Debra

My vision is to help people find their silver lining – the strength they developed in turbulent times -- and use those experiences to create positive change for themselves and for the people they serve. 


I facilitate positive change through training, coaching, and consultation.

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