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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty by Empowering Youth Through Equitable Access to Quality Education and Opportunities.

Empowering Youth in Cambodia provides FREE after-school education and opportunities for 1,000 kids and young adults living in the slum communities of Phnom Penh.

Our Challenge

"Talent is Universal; Opportunity is Not."

Nicholas Kristof

Run-down shanty houses, open sewers, violence, lack of jobs, and poor educational opportunities are just some of the challenges faced in urban poor communities (slums) in Phnom Penh that limit the prospects of children and youth. Without access to quality education and opportunities to develop skills necessary for better-paying jobs, these young people face a difficult and dangerous future.

Our Approach

Find Your Talent; Create Your Future

EYC operates four community-based schools in partnership with the local communities and offers students quality education and opportunities they would not otherwise have access to, including:

Education & Employment

English & Libraries

Computer

Scholarships

Job Training & Placement

Personal Development

Sports

Arts/Music

Leadership Development

Community Outreach

Medical & Dental Clinics

Social Work

Community Service

Humanitarian Support

Aspects central to EYC’s model are a focus on the individual student and a culture of giving back. We view both as critical not only to the personal development of the student but also to their ability to create change for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Our Impact

EYC Changes Lives

We believe that the futures of the EYC youth are determined not by the circumstance of their birth but by their drive, determination, and talent.

Before EYC, many of our students thought they would never graduate high school and would find jobs similar to their parents as street vendors, trash collectors, or tuk-tuk drivers. Instead, EYC has helped hundreds of students stay in school and even complete vocational training or university. These students have developed the skills and confidence necessary to drive positive change for themselves, their families, and their communities through better jobs and through the spirit of giving back.

Unleashing Potential

Our impact truly comes alive through the stories of our students. Take a moment to meet some of our students including Simouy, one of EYC’s first generation of students. Prior to starting at EYC, Simouy believed her future would be limited to the traditional roles of women in Cambodia. Today, she is a university graduate and the recipient of a scholarship to pursue her Master’s in Gender Studies in Australia (her departure to Australia has been delayed due to COVID-19). These are the faces and stories that inspire us every day.

Small in Budget. Big in Impact

We appreciate your interest and investment in EYC, and we are committed to making your dollars go further with transparency and accountability. We are able to serve over 1,000 students and 2,500 community members each year on an annual budget of $300,000.

We partner with over 35 organizations and hundreds of volunteers to expand our reach, scope, and expertise at a lower cost. Our partners and volunteers provide over $120,000 of free services and 17,000+ volunteer hours, ranging from bringing art and music into our classrooms to providing medical and dental services to the communities.

Thanks to Separate Funding to Support Administrative Expenses, 100% of your Donation Directly Impacts the Students.

Thoughts From an Investor

“One morning while we were teaching the kids inside Lakeside School … the drug dealers were out in full force, some as young as eight or nine, selling to older men, some dressed in police uniforms. The children in Lakeside know that world but have chosen sanctuary at EYC … and they will grow up dodging countless dangers and will succeed in changing the world.”

– Linda, Canada

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