Learn about our social enterprise.

As we engaged with the youth of City Heights, UPAC (Uniting People Across Cultures) recognized the community's need for a secure meeting space. Taking it a step further, our team understood that these young individuals required opportunities for employment and the cultivation of lifelong career, interpersonal, and leadership abilities. They needed a nurturing environment where they could flourish and prosper.

Our Mission

Our mission is to offer a diverse range of impactful programs to the City Heights Community in San Diego. Through our collective efforts, we foster innovation, embrace diversity, promote cross-cultural understanding, and empower neighborhood self-sufficiency.


Uplifting our community—one affordable meal, one job, one person at a time.

It all began with identifying a pressing need. Inspired by their work in City Heights, the UPAC team initiated a community hub focused on youth employment and skill development. Taking this vision to the City of San Diego, UPAC secured seed funding in 2018. Converting a 4,622 square-foot restaurant into a dynamic social enterprise, the Neighborhood Enterprise Center (NEC) was established, becoming a vibrant symbol of innovation. Today, we remain committed to fulfilling our mission by addressing the evolving needs of the local community through adaptive and creative programs.

Beyond offering entry-level jobs, we provide growth opportunities, including promotions, while allowing students the flexibility to continue their education.

As a social enterprise of UPAC in San Diego, the NEC operates under the umbrella of a 501(c)(3) organization.

Get to Know our Team.

Our team at the Neighborhood Enterprise Center is the driving force behind our mission. We're dedicated to training, mentoring, and providing employment opportunities for youth from our community. We take great pride in the commitment and effort each staff member brings to NEC. Take a moment to meet some of the inspiring young individuals who have been a part of our journey.

Thank you to our partners.

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Equip local youth with skills for today—and greater success tomorrow.

Meaningful employment. Deeper connection with their community. Practical skills for the future. As our local youth collaborate and learn together at the NEC, your donation or purchase ensures this space – and opportunity to learn – is here for them.