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System for Education Empowerment and Success


Our Mission

We enrich the lives of youths and adults.

Our Vision

To help people throughout world-class educational and empowerment programs to realize their full potential.

Our Values

Responsibility: We meet our obligations and we are careful to make decisions and execute our actions.


Integrity: We behave ethically, we are honest, loyal, punctual, and consistent.


Quality: We are in a continuous effort to maintain standards of excellence.


Innovation: We are agents of change, generating new ideas and making them real. 


Teamwork: We collaborate with each other; a team member plays a part but all with a common goal. We seek collective success over the individual.

Our Story

The System for Education Empowerment and Success (SEDES) was founded in Houston, Texas, in 2008 under La Raza United. In 2018 the organization was renamed to better understand its mission, vision, and values. It was founded due to the educational and leadership gaps among vulnerable Latino families in the United States. SEDES is a nonprofit organization that has developed tools to break poverty cycles and help individuals achieve a better quality of life. SEDES promotes economic growth inspired by Confucius's famous quote, "Give a bowl of rice to a man, and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice, and you will save his life", through diverse learning opportunities, such as job skills training courses (ESL, Financial Literacy, GED, Electrical Training/Licensing, and Computer Literacy) for adults and young adults. As well as college and career readiness and awareness interventions for adolescents that SEDES's participants increase their income, they receive instruction needed to jump from minimum wage to better jobs and post-secondary education careers.

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Our Logo

In the SEDES logo, the figure of a monarch butterfly stands out; this creature is internationally recognized for its phenomenal migration, during which, each butterfly undertakes a high flight, working as a team to ensure that the group reaches its destination further afield and unreachable it seems. In this same way, we recognize the migratory movement of individuals, from cavemen to modern men, always looking for the best place to guarantee their survival. If we work like monarch butterflies, no matter how high we want to fly or how far we want to go, we can be sure that we will succeed as a whole society. The wave-shaped line represents the ups and downs that life faces us, of which the monarch butterfly (however fragile it seems) is victorious. The blue color symbolizes freedom and progress, while the yellow color represents knowledge and joy.

"Give a bowl of rice to a man, and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice, and you will save his life" - Confucius

System for Education, Empowerment, and Success.


Phone: (832) 537-8249

Address: 7037 Capitol St. Suite E221, Houston, TX, 77011

501 (c)(3) organization: 26-2955047

Thank you to our sponsors, donors and key partners

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