To empower the next generation of every tribe, tongue, and nation by providing access to opportunities in their local communities.
Our mission is to raise funds for various initiatives and programs that will empower local communities and individuals. We seek to provide the necessary resources so that the next generation can succeed.
KEO Charities is an organization that works to raise funds for a number of charitable initiatives and programs taking place across the globe. Each program is carefully considered and planned out before any funds are disbursed towards that program.
KEO Charities was founded by Samone Keo with the support of her husband, Michael. It all began with an innate desire within Samone to help the community around her. Having grown up in communist Cambodia and escaping to the United States with her family as a child, Samone was no stranger to hardship and to making the best of opportunities as they came in the land of opportunity. She eventually came to open a successful café named the Delightful Café in her local Long Beach community and realized there was a need to teach the next generation about proper customer service. This led Samone to start the YES Academy, a program that teaches young adults customer service and all the intricacies of working at a restaurant. This program has and is arming a number of young adults with practical skills they’ll need to be successful in the workforce.
At the same time, Samone and her husband were helping to fund Mercy Village, a tiny village in Cambodia that had been ravaged by a fire and needed help getting back on its feet. As this village was located in her motherland of Cambodia, this cause was near to Samone’s heart.
Along with running the YES Academy, Samone also began holding community events at her café to connect with her local community and to give them an opportunity to learn more about her Christian faith.
Most recently, Samone and her husband felt a calling to engage with the impoverished Native American community in New Mexico and started a program under KEO Charities named First Nation Resource Center. The purpose of FNRC is to build a community center in New Mexico that seeks to educate, empower, and provide opportunities for the disparate community of Native Americans in that location.
In summary, KEO Charities is about promoting kindness through helping others in this world, empowering them to rise up and seize their future, and create opportunities for the next generations to succeed. Samone’s desire is that her story would inspire more people to join in the good fight!
Youth Experience Success
Free Restaurant Training & Work Experience
The YES Academy is a unique training experience that seeks to nourish the mind, body, and soul of students that will enrich their lives and provide a path for success in the world of work, whether it be in hospitality or other career choices and educate, motivate, inspire, and encourage young adults to understand the importance of community in their lives and the lives of others.
Our mission is to be a leader in our community by training young adults in the hospitality industry with a focus on customer service. We believe that regardless of the field of work that someone enters, excellent customer service is the ingredient for success.
We teach candidates how to walk into an interview with confidence and poise, and how to navigate any career in such a way that they master the people skills necessary for long-term advancement and success in any field.
- Compelling interest to work in the restaurant and hospitality industry
- Willingness to learn
- Commitment to training hours
- Energetic, enthusiastic, and eager to provide excellent customer service
- New to the workforce
First Nation Resource Center
However, in conjunction with the spiritual experiences, Ben Lim’s group witnessed firsthand the plight of Native Americans. Samone saw that the people of this community lack basic resources such as electricity and running water. There was a pervasive and overwhelming sense of hopelessness in the Navajo people caused by generational poverty and these poor living conditions.