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Spotlight: ACCESS Youth

ACCESS Youth aims to prevent at-risk kids from becoming criminals.

Every day this week, Patch is profiling a local nonprofit agency. If there's a nonprofit that you think your neighbors need to know about, email Doug Tallman or Lauren Sausser.

Mission: "ACCESS Youth recognizes the unlimited potential of each child and provides youth with access to resources, support and services that empower them to transform themselves and make life choices that positively impact their future."

Contact Information: Phone: (202) 652-0287; Fax: (202) 747-2907; Address: 3259 Prospect St. NW, Washington; Website: www.accessyouthinc.org

Financials: The organization's annual operating budget is approximately $260,000. Its programs are primarily run by volunteers.

History: The idea for ACCESS Youth originated in Florida and was founded in D.C. in 2007. Its biggest core program is called Juvenile Victim Offender Mediation. Approximately 4,000 children are arrested every year in D.C. and low level offenders are diverted to ACCESS Youth to help them get back on the right track.

How you can help: There are several ways to get involved with . If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, please contact the nonprofit directly:

  • Mediators in our Early Intervention Juvenile Mediation Program
  • Professionals who come to speak about their careers at our Saturday Life Skills Classes
  • Teachers who teach at our Saturday Life Skills Classes
  • Mentors
  • Chaperones for Community Service Learning Projects throughout the city

You can also make a tax-deductible donation online or contribute to the end-of-year giving campaign.

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