Soledad Enrichment Action, Inc. (SEA) is a nonprofit charter school and provider of gang intervention services based in Compton, Calif. It was established in 1972 under the support of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles by mothers who lost their sons to gang violence. Since then, SEA has become the leading provider of services to high-risk individuals, families and gang-affected communities within Southern California.
Their assistance includes substance abuse treatment, support groups, and job placement. The SEA charter school has more than 1200 students enrolled in its high school program. With the help of SBDC-OC and City National Bank, the nonprofit is purchasing the building it has been leasing as well as refinancing loans on its other properties at lower interest rates. Through these actions, SEA is better securing its future and its ability to provide needed programs to the community.