June 27, 2019 – Our 2nd Annual Event and Impact Awards “Colliding Forces” – Click here to purchase tickets and for full event details.

Past SEAT Center Events

May 1, 2019 – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for our Newly Completed Affordable Home

April 22, 2019 SEAT Center Hosted Earth Day Activities and Fun

SEAT hosted a special EARTH DAY celebration

  • Mon., April 22, 2019
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Jerry Burrell Park, Hamilton and Schenectady Streets (Rain Location: Hamilton Hill Arts Center)

The public was invited to a food- and fun-filled celebration of Earth Day hosted by the SEAT Center. SEAT’s Schenectady students who have been trained in asthma intervention strategies provided the public with information on asthma remediation while providing an air filter exchange. SEAT students also distributed air filters door-to-door in the neighborhood.

Other activities included balloons, YouthBuild Schenectady SEAT Center and Train Up! recruiting tables, a sign-up for those eligible for additional asthma remediation services, solar sign-up information, and on-site recycling and composting sites where visitors learned techniques to recycle and compost at home. SEAT students also conducted a parkwide trash clean-up and sorted food waste with Union College students. #earthday

February 26, 2019 Celebration Honors 2019 Graduates

Catch this great coverage from Spectrum News!

The Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT) Center in Schenectady recognized forty young adults who have overcome educational and personal obstacles and completed SEAT’s career training programs. These graduates will now realize a future filled with bright career opportunities at companies throughout the Capital Region. These programs culminated in a special graduation and recognition ceremony on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at SUNY Schenectady.

Thirty-three YouthBuild Schenectady @ SEAT program graduates donned caps and gowns and crossed the Commencement stage accompanied by Pomp and Circumstance and formally turned their tassels recognizing their graduation. An additional 7 students who have completed the Train Up @ SEAT program were acknowledged for successfully concluding construction and emergency medical technician career programs. All students were recognized for their commitment and dedication to personal and professional development.

Along with family, friends, SEAT alumni, and sponsors, the community was invited to attend the ceremony, with keynote speaker Michael Parker. Michael serves as the Dean of Students and YouthBuild Program Coordinator at Youth Action YouthBuild East Harlem, the site of the original YouthBuild program and birthplace of the international YouthBuild movement.

“Graduation may have seemed unobtainable for YouthBuild Schenectady students, yet today we share this significant milestone in our students’ journey. And for those participants enrolled in our workforce readiness programs, today marks their entry into living-wage positions or the pursuit of additional education. This day celebrates academic and vocational achievements of those who have overcome hurdles and personal challenges to reach this goal. These students’ successes go beyond personal satisfaction and will have deep impacts on their families, the SEAT Center community, and the public at large. At SEAT, we will continue to support our students and do whatever it takes to ensure that these young people have every chance for success,” said Jennifer Lawrence, SEAT Founder and Executive Director.

View the Photos From Our Oct. 2018 Bites & Brews Event

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Join us on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the picturesque Thendara Farm in West Glenville, NY for an fun evening of beer and food tastings and music to support the education and workforce programs of SEAT Center.

Walk around the spacious, climate controlled event space, mingle with old friends and make news ones, while listening to Ill Funk’s mash up of hip/hop, neo- soul, R&B, and rock.   Enjoy the grounds outside for more fun or sit around our bonfire with a brew. 

Each attendee will receive a take home 4 oz glass to use for unlimited beer tastings.
Non Alcoholic Beverages will also be available. Please note:  This is a 21 years and older event.

Brew Sponsors

* We will also feature a specialty cocktail courtesy of Rivers Casino and Resort and an assortment of wine will be provided by local vendors.

Bites Sponsors 




Live Music featuring the musical talent of The Ill Funk Ensemble

Shuttle Service

Sit back, relax, and let us do the driving!  
There will be exclusive, free, shuttle service for attendees. 
The shuttle will depart from Rivers Casino and Resort, Valet Entrance
at 5:30 and 6:30pm.  Return service will be provided at 8:30 and 9:00pm
 We ask that you email us at hello@seatcenter.org to sign up for a shuttle time.
Bites and Brews attendees may enjoy The Landing Hotel Bar while waiting for shuttle service.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!






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