Access Youth Outreach Services
Not-For-Profit of the Year
ACCESS Youth Outreach Services is the only non-profit specifically providing youth outreach services in the Tri-Cities. Beginning 15 years ago, ACCESS now serves 3,000 youth annually. In 2016, ACCESS extended its services from 19 years old to 23 so youth who age out of the public system are still provided with support.
Its signature program, Project Reachout, is an award-winning mobile outreach program. The converted shuttle bus travels through the Tri-Cities engaging youth and providing after-hours support. With help of the outreach bus, drug use has been reduced and attendance at school has gone up.ACCESS continues to meet the needs of street involved youth by adapting services to better serve the youth where they are and when they’re out.
The non-profit secures its own funding, solely relying on grant, donations, and fundraisers. ACCESS is run by a volunteers, community support, and a small staff that dedicate weekends and evenings to support youth in the Tri-Cities.