Growing Social Entrepreneurs

“Impacting the world through compassion”

OCCares is a non-profit organization with a dedicated team of community and business leaders who are passionate about growing the next generation of social innovators through a student social entrepreneurship program. 


Video highlights from previous events:

OCCares Walk Vision Video

OCCares Entertainer's Invitation to Join Video

Dr. Katherine Ahn & Mike Learakos on KCAL9


“Impacting our world through compassion!"

OCCares is a nonprofit organization comprised of community and business leaders dedicated to raising up socially conscious youth through a Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program (YSEP).


To inspire the next generation of social entrepreneurs.


To Educate the youth on the challenges facing our world

To Enrich their lives by teaching them the beauty of compassionate leadership

To Empower them to impact the world through social entrepreneurship


We provide a framework under which the students can earn meaningful service hours while learning philanthropy and practical business skills. 

We challenge our youth to become a part of the solution: 

Identify the needs in our communities (and find creative and effective ways of bringing awareness to those needs)

- Enhance the work of wonderful non-profit organizations that are meeting those needs (and support them through fundraisers, projects & events)  

- Learn the skills necessary to become a Social Entrepreneur (operate a “Business with a Mission” and become agents of positive social change)

On-Campus OCCares Chapter Membership:  You will have the opportunity to: 

  • Choose a Cause for the Chapter to promote

  • Create fundraising events & projects for the Cause

  • Participate in Chapter meetings & events

  • Participate in Chapter projects (e.g. Film Competitions,...)

  • Participate in OCCares hosted benefit events

  • Receive volunteer experience & hours

  • Attend YSEP seminars & workshops (e.g. Personal Finance 101, Personal Law 101, Personal Health 101, Self-defense 101) 

  • Have the opportunity to become YSEP members

Off-Campus OCCares YSEP Membership: In addition to the benefits offered through the OCCares Chapter Membership, you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from advanced YSEP curriculum that is designed to build leadership, business and personal development skills:

    • Participate in advanced workshops and classes in Social Entrepreneurship (Business Development, Marketing, Finance, Technology, Legal, Human Resources)

    • Build your resume for internships, colleges and jobs

    • Shadow or intern with successful entrepreneurs & community leaders

    • Build networking, professional etiquette & public speaking skills

    • Develop leadership skills as an OCCares YSEP Executive (via application process)

  • Receive a YSEP Graduate Certificate at the completion of the program

  • Receive awards for exceptional achievements

 YSEP=Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program. 

OCCares invites students with leadership qualities to launch OCCares Chapters in their schools or youth groups by finding a school service learning sponsor or teacher and recruiting other students desiring to become compassionate leaders.

If you would like to get involved with OCCares as a volunteer or donor, please email us at info@occares.org

It is more blessed to give than to receive
— Acts 20:35
It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible to the eye.
— Antoine de Sainte Exupery

OCCares is a 501c3 organization