FOUNDED IN 1977
We serve thousands of at-risk youth, low income families, and immigrants, creating independence by building knowledge and confidence.
The Southeast Asian Development Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting children, youth and families from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam out of poverty. Our services are structured around providing low-income and vulnerable Southeast Asian Americans with basic needs and skills critical to building successful futures.
Our mission is to foster a healthy, thriving and self-sufficient Southeast Asian American community.
We are inclusive, collaborative, and respectful of those individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents.
We are proud of our Southeast Asian culture, and strive to preserve and share our languages, customs, and identities.
Integrity guides all our actions, relationships and activities. We will be honest in all that we do.
We act with compassion in our work with clients and with each other.
By providing jobs, academic support, language services, and cultural and social guidance, we’re strengthening the community. Here are just a few of the lives that were changed from the support of our initiatives.
Jimmy came to the U.S. from Vietnam at the age of 10 through family reunification. His parents struggled to find stable housing and the family bounced from apartment to apartment for three years. Jimmy had difficulty learning English and fitting in at school. Fortunately, Jimmy’s family was introduced to SEADC. Once connected, he benefited from much-needed daily homework support and enrichment activities, while his parents received housing and other assistance. Jimmy is the first in his family to graduate from high school in America. Today, Jimmy is also the first in his family to attend a four year university.
Because of SEADC’s supportive enrichment program, Jimmy aspires to finish college and pursue a career in business administration.
“SEADC helps me build my confidence to believe in myself.”
—Jimmy, 19 years old