Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
ACCESS Youth Outreach Services (previously known as PoCoMo) was established in 1992 and led by Diane Thorne and a group of caring citizens, with the primary goal of developing and implementing freestanding teen centers in the Tri-Cities.
In 2004, Jerome Bouvier and Ted Kuntz co-founded the organization and reshaped every aspect, including the creation of Project Reach Out. Over time we have had success through our innovative programs, predominantly Project Reach Out. This award-winning program is a multi-service mobile drop-in bus that meets youth wherever they are at. This allows us to provide resources for them that they may need and cannot acquire. Our outreach program provides a comfortable space for youth to feel safe and heard, which is often a problem that they struggle with. Our hopes are to connect with these youth, and minimize the number of at-risk youth in the community.
Through the immense growth and success of Project Reach Out, PoCoMo decided to change it’s name to something more fitting and relatable. In 2013, Access Youth Outreach Services was created. Access embodies a stronger representation of our ACCESS to youth, and the youth to us, as well as our outreach philosophy.
Our organization is dedicated to providing outreach to youth in the Tri-Cities, and as we continue to grow, Access will continue to work toward their vision of supporting youth and helping them to reach their full potential through our programs.
Awards & Recognitions
- 2013 – Finalist- Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce’ Business Excellence ‘Not for Profit of the Year’ 2013/2014 award
- 2011 – Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce’ Business Excellence ‘Not for Profit of the Year’ 2010/2011 award
- 2009 – Tri-City REACH Awards’ ‘Creating a Safer Community’ award
- 2009 – Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce’ Business Excellence ‘Innovative Spirit’ award
- 2008 – Ministry of Community Safety and Solicitor General’s Office ‘Community Safety and Crime Prevention’ award