SEAT Center connects young people to meaningful work
through our array of programs and services.

Meaningful work matters! Yet, far too many of our youth face massive obstacles that block their access to prepare for and find work. Many youth feel that they are out of hope and out of options. When you feel you have nothing to live for, you have nothing to work toward.

Our Mission

“To provide transformative educational and workforce experiences that create a sense of purpose and hope in our communities and connect business to real time solutions”

Our Vision

In the next 10 years SEAT will turn back the tide of hopelessness and unequal opportunity and create change through employment opportunities for young people in the Capital Region. We see every youth equipped to lead themselves, find jobs, contribute to their community and catapult themselves through social and economic adversity. We see an empowered workforce full of SEAT graduates who are effective and positive contributors to society. We see hundreds of youth who are living and working and leading in their communities. We see deep partnerships with stakeholders who transform communities by building relationships and bridging the gap between people and purpose. At SEAT we will not quit until we can get youth back to work.

Our Purpose

SEAT exists to work alongside underrepresented young people to create a SEAT at the table in their community.

We know that due to income status, neighborhood, skin color, and educational inequities, entire groups of people are left out of opportunity.

A SEAT at the table means that our young people are:

  • Invited, welcomed, and engaged in all aspects of community.
  • Provided the skills to build their own “table” when one does not exist.
  • Trained for in demand careers and the careers of the future.
  • Given the chance to have a first and second job and to build a resume.
  • Included in local, State, and Federal decision making.
  • Voting for officials in elected offices.

Who We Work With

In 2019, SEAT:

Served 385 young people in Schenectady, Troy, and Albany.

Enrolled 79 young people in a 3-9 month full-time training program.

Out of these 79 young people:

  • 48% identified as male and 52% as female.
  • 32% identify as multi racial; 4% bi racial; 46% African American; 18% Caucasian.
  • 22% are parents.
  • 42% live with their parents and 58% are housing unstable (couch surfing/living with friends/relatives).
  • 25% are justice involved.
  • 43% have special education needs.