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.
CASE FOR SUPPORT
Since 1977, we have served 20,000 Southeast Asian clients, provided job placement for 6,000 high school youth and 800 adults, offered counseling to 2,000 clients and substance prevention programs to 4,000 youth, and supported 4,000 clients with language translation services. The vast majority of clients served come from low- or extremely low-income households. While our local government partnerships help us deliver services to our clients, it is the generosity of individual donors and foundations that enables our staff to provide the sustained and stable support our clients need over time. Learn More
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.
Upon arriving in California, CD accepted a job that offered minimal support besides paying the bills.
For five years, CD faced a two-hour commute, zero-health benefits, and the inability to take care of his 8-year-old son, much less himself. With no time to take English classes or seek out resources, CD was stuck in an all-too-familiar cycle.
Thankfully, CD saw an outreach flyer for SEADC.
A few weeks later, we secured CD a new job closer to home, with benefits and above minimum wage.
He even has time off to bond with his son, attend church, and eventually take English courses.