Our Objectives

  • Provide imperative school supplies, uniforms, footwear, and tuition.
  • Provide workshops in nutrition, hygiene, and mental health.
  • Improve healthcare for children in impoverished communities.
  • Empower and inspire empathy, compassion, confidence, and leadership.
“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

Youth Effect started in Worcester in 1999 with just a few Asian youths with a mission to keep youth in schools, off the streets, and away from gangs. Since then, the SEAC youth program has continually provided services such as academic tutoring, physical fitness activities, college preparation and the Lion Dance program to more than 100 Asian youths, with 3,000 youth visiting every year. In the last few years, SEAC youths have had a 100% High School graduation rate and more than 90% pursue higher education. The youth led award winning Lion Dance teams at SEAC have been recognized throughout New England and across the United States. With more than 3,000 hours of civic and community volunteering, we wanted to introduce our vision overseas.

Youth Effect International allows SEAC's youth to expand their philanthropic endeavors beyond Worcester. Our mission is to encourage and provide school supplies to support impoverished demographics, such as at-risk children, in struggling communities. By giving these children the tools they need to go to school, we would like to build up, support, and advocate for the youth so they can achieve success and have a brighter future that does not involve hustling, crime, trafficking, or other illegal activities. We believe education will help the younger generation to overcome poverty.