Our Story

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw

ACCESS Youth Outreach Services (formerly 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.

ACCESS relies solely on grants, fundraisers and donations to fund its programs. We receive NO ongoing funding from Municipal, Provincial or Federal sources. The generous support of the many foundations we have developed relationships with, along with the community and corporate sector, have contributed to our success.

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Awards & Recognitions

  • 2017 WINNER- Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce “Not for Profit of the Year”
  • 2014 FINALIST- Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce “Not for Profit of the Year”
  • 2011 WINNER- Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce “Not for Profit of the Year”
  • 2009 WINNER -Tri-Cities Reach Award for Creating a Youth Friendly Community
  • 2009 WINNER -Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce “Not for Profit of the Year”
  • 2008 WINNER- CRIMCrim Prevention & Community Safety Program