Growing Social Entrepreneurs

“Impacting the world through compassion”

OCCares is a non-profit organization comprised of community and business leaders dedicated to raising up socially conscious youth through Project Y, a social Entrepreneurship Program designed for our youth.

Video highlights from previous events:

OCCares Walk Vision Video

OCCares Entertainer's Invitation to Join Video

Dr. Katherine Ahn & Mike Learakos on KCAL9

Elise Minuet Newen

Elise Newen graduated form Sage Hill High School and is attending UCI as a dance major on a premed track. She has been a part of OCCares since OCCares’ inception in 2013 volunteering her time with fundraising event preparations and performances. As a co-founder and president of the Sage Hill Project Y Club (2016~2018), she actively participated in supporting the Joyful Child Foundation and OCCares’ mission objectives.

Elise enjoys singing, dancing and spending time with her friends and sisters at Alpha Phi.

Sharon Lin

Sharon Lin graduated from Sage Hill High School and is attending University of San Francisco as an undecided business major. She has been a part of OCCares since her Junior year and she was the Vice President of the OCCares club (2016~2018). She is now the intern for OCCares and are working on several projects for the future Project Y clubs.

Ms. Lin was also an intern for Redline Detection, Gloss Moderne, Chameleon Design, and Plasticos Foundation. At Plasticos Foundation, she was able to attend board meetings to take meeting summaries, managed their social media, and created GoFundMe’s for their future mission trips. Sharon is also fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English.

Ms. Lin had gained a lot of new experiences through working under OCCares and Dr. Katherine Ahn. She is also very excited for the new members of the OCCares clubs next year.

Natalie Alvarez

Natalie Alvarez graduated from Sage Hill High School and is attending UCSB with special interest in becoming an orthodontist one day. She served as an OCCares Project Y Sage Hill Club Secretary (2016~2018) and enjoyed contributing to the causes it supported. She also enjoyed the internship that OCCares provided in the summer and is grateful for the opportunities OCCares provided.


OCCares is a 501c3 organization (46-2864414)