Who We Are
“The future belongs to those who give the next generation hope.” -Pierre Teilhard deChardin
Positive relationships provide the most potent protective factors for vulnerable teens.
ACCESS Youth Outreach Services Society is a “youth specific”, award winning, independent, community based registered charity established in 1992. A grass-roots organization, our objective includes the development and delivery of innovative programs and services for youth who may be disadvantaged, marginalized, or at-risk. We create opportunities for youth to reach their full potential. Our goal is to establish a meaningful and reliable relationship with alienated and excluded at-risk youth. We use this relationship to assist youth to manage their challenging life circumstances before a crisis occurs rather than respond after a crisis or trauma has occurred. We believe relationships are the best form of prevention. Our mandate is to serve youth aged 12-23. Some areas we serve youth aged 12-19.
VISION: No Youth is left behind.
MISSION STATEMENT: To provide outreach support and services to youth in our communities.
PURPOSE: “Our purpose is to enhance the QUALITY of life of the youth who are marginalized, isolated, vulnerable, hanging out on the streets, homeless or at risk of homelessness by building RELATIONSHIPS with youth, enhancing their connection with community, and bring services to them.”
Charitable Registration No: 892923764 RR0001
ACCESS has a reputation for being a progressive youth serving agency that is filling a gap in service to street involved youth, complimenting other youth resources, and creating innovative practices in youth engagement.
Alternate definition of AT-RISK YOUTH: We at ACCESS relate to the following definition of at-risk youth as defined by Harla Tumbleson of Seattle Ministry of Children Services. We also strive to NOT be an organization that fails those youth we serve.
“a better definition (of ‘at-risk youths’) is youths who are at risk of being failed by one or more adult or adult driven systems or institutions.”
ACCESS is, RELATIONSHIP-BASED, takes a NON-TRADITIONAL approach, and focuses on BRINGING SERVICES TO WHER YOUTH ARE. All of these create an inviting and safe environment for the youth we serve.
“Positive Relationships provide the most potent protective factors for vulnerable teens.” – McCreary Centre Society