- Youth Engagement and Development
- Innovative Case Management Strategies
Access is a community-based organization incorporated as a non-profit (501c3) entity in California whose mission for more than fifty years has been to work with at-risk youth, immigrants, victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable populations, providing them with education, career preparation, legal assistance and other services. Our experience with federal job programs and funding goes all the way back to the War on Poverty, and since then we have operated region-wide programs under the Manpower Development and Training Act, the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, the Job Training Partnership Act, the Workforce Investment Act, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. We have also been recipients of private foundation funding for our innovative approaches to serving our target populations.
Access is the largest provider of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs in San Diego County. It is governed by a six-member volunteer Board of Directors. Its forty staff members work out of ten charter schools throughout the County, in addition to staffing a career development and work readiness program at San Pasqual Academy, a large group home for foster youth. Access’ administrative offices and community center are located in Linda Vista, the geographical center of the City of San Diego.
Besides our WIOA-funded programs, Access also operates a program of legal services for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, funded through the Department of Justice Office of Violence against Women. We also offer evening classes in English as a second language, computer literacy, and microenterprise development.