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 and to operate a “Business with a Mission” to become agents of positive social change. 

Benefits of an On-Campus OCCares Chapter "YSEP Club Membership": 

  • Participate in OCCares Social Entrepreneur 101 Program.
  • Attend classes on Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Choose a "Cause" for the Chapter to support and promote.
  • Create a "Business" - fundraisers & projects - for the Cause.
  • Receive volunteer experience & hours.

Off-Campus OCCares "YSEP Executive Membership": This opportunity is available for Chapter or Guest Members that want to participate in our Off-Campus Programs. 

  • Participate in YSEP advanced programs that are designed to build leadership, business and personal development skills outside of the school setting.
  • Participate in 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 skill. 
  • Receive a YSEP Executive Graduate Certificate at the completion of the program.
  • Receive awards for exceptional achievements

OCCares "YSEP Summer Membership": YSEP Summer Membership is required to Enroll in our summer program. If the student is already a YSEP Executive Member, the student will not need to apply again.  

 Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program (YSEP)

INVITATION TO OUR YOUTH: We invite you to launch a Chapter in your school or youth group by finding a sponsor and recruiting other students to join the movement!

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

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