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Access Youth Academy

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San Diego, CA   |  http://www.accessyouthacademy.org

Mission

We believe every child should have equal access to achieve their full potential. Access Youth Academy’s mission is to transform the lives of underserved youth through academic enrichment, health and wellness, social responsibility, and leadership development using the sport of squash as a catalyst.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Mr. Renato Paiva

Main address

704 Euclid Ave.

San Diego, CA 92114 USA

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Formerly known as

Surf City Squash

EIN

20-5119659

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Tennis and Racquet Sports Clubs/Leagues (N66)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Access Youth Academy works to level the playing field for all students, closing the economic disparity gap by providing access to higher education for low-income students in San Diego County. Through academic mentoring and athletic training in the sport of squash, our students gain skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. Additionally, success in a prestige sport such as squash has propelled our students, from some of San Diego's most underserved areas, to matriculate in and earn degrees from top-rated schools throughout the nation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Access Youth Academy

Access Youth Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to transform the lives of underserved youth. Access was founded in 2006 by Greg Scherman and Chris Walker, who believed the San Diego community could benefit from an urban squash program that provided opportunity and support unlike any other non-profit in the region.

We use the sport of squash as a catalyst to transform young lives. By building on our highly successful Preuss pilot program and in partnership with Southeast San Diego area schools, we will implement our successful program that begins by selecting children in the 7th grade, educating them with our four pillars and continuing to transform their lives for six years through high school graduation and then 6 years through college and post-graduate into our Southeast San Diego expansion plan.

During these fundamental years, we provide guidance for building essential life skills to becoming responsible and honorable adults. By creating a culture of healthy lifestyle and exercise, students find the discipline and dedication to unlock their potential and achieve their goals. Family members are involved in the transformation process, as these skills translate to all members of a family and ultimately a community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Young adults, At-risk youth, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Access Youth Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Access Youth Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students receiving homework help

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Access Youth Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of tutoring administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth

Related Program

Access Youth Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who plan to attend post-secondary education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Access Youth Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Access Youth Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Access Youth Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Founded in 2006, Access Youth Academy is an after-school life-skill and academic enrichment program for low-income San Diego youth aged 10-24+ designed to foster equal access to higher education, healthy lifestyle habits, and post-college graduation employment.

We believe every child should have equal access to achieve their full potential.

Goals: 1. Provide sufficient guidance, support, and access to opportunities to San Diego and Los Angeles low-income youth necessary for them to break the cycle of poverty and find success. 2. Create a culture of healthy lifestyles and regular exercise 3. Improve student attitudes and beliefs about self, others, and school.

Specific critical needs to be addressed by Access Youth Academy programs include:
1. The persistent achievement gaps across income levels and ethnic groups
2. Significant social & emotional needs of low-income students brought on by prolonged psycho-social & economic stress
3. Lack of college attainment and success among low-income students

One of the most unique attributes of Access Youth Academy’s afterschool program is the 14-year promise we make to each of our students.

The 14-year Promise is divided into three phases, which align with the needs of students as they progress toward academic and career success:

Phase 1 – Grades 5-12 Each student receives:
• Over 460 hours per year of academic support: tutoring, mentoring, test prep, college selection and application assistance, career-focused learning experiences, mental and physical health & wellness activities.
• Athletic training and financial support needed to succeed in regional & national squash competitions.
Phase 2 - College Degree
Access continues to support students in college through semester care packages, bi-monthly check-ins, ongoing financial aid assistance, and academic or emotional needs that arise.

Phase 3 – 2 Years Post-College
College graduates receive financial literacy education, resume support, job interview coaching, and networking opportunities, all highly individualized to suit each of our young professional's career and graduate study goals.

During the school year, Access students receive 1.5 hours of squash instruction and 1.5 hours of educational enrichment two to three times per week (two times per week, plus alternating Fridays). Each student receives approximately 345 hours (7.5 hrs. per week for 46 weeks). Additionally, Access students participate in health and wellness, college and career preparedness, financial responsibility, and leadership activities weekly during programming, and once-monthly weekend community service activities. Each Access student is required to complete 15 hours of community service per year.
Academic achievement includes activities like:
• Individual content area support
• Standardized test preparation
• College application counseling and assistance
• Building responsible work and study habits
Health and wellness:
• Regular and rigorous athletic training
• Stress management and emotional help
• Building healthy relationships and communication skills
• Nutrition education
Leadership:
• Monthly mentoring activities with adult volunteers
• Providing creative leadership opportunities for all students
• Deliberate emphasis on the practice of sportsmanship
• Empowering students to take progressive ownership of programs
Social responsibility:
• Monthly service-learning opportunities throughout San Diego
• Expecting older students to guide and coach younger generations
• Encouraging students to apply leadership lessons to the broader community
• Community building across all ages and genders

For 17 years, Access Youth Academy has successfully implemented and grown the impact of an after school program performed in the interest of San Diego County's low-income residents to promote equity. We do this by hosting daily after-school and summer programming for low-income youth. For 17 years, trained, expert staff members have provided Access Youth Academy participants with sufficient guidance, support, and access to opportunities necessary for them to break the cycle of poverty and find success. Access uses a combination of academic enrichment programs, health and wellness coaching, social responsibility activities, and leadership training using the sport of squash as a catalyst to achieve this goal.

During our 17 years in service, Access students have achieved a 100% high-school graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate, earned over $10.8mm in scholarship money (including Gates-Millennium and Questbridge Scholars), and won 13 national squash championships.

Access students have been accepted to and earned degrees from some of the nation’s top-rated schools including Columbia, Dartmouth, Amherst, Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Trinity, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCSD. Access program graduates have entered careers in biotechnology, structural engineering, cognitive science, medical fields, finance, and immigration law.

Access Youth Academy is a stable, well-established organization. Our well-rounded and highly engaged Board of Directors supports Access with their combined wealth of knowledge, experience, and community connections. Our proposed project will use our 16 years of experience implementing this transformative program, combined with leveraging community partnerships to fuel opportunities for success for as many low-income San Diego youth as possible.

Over 17 years, Access students have achieved a 100% high-school graduation rate, a 100% college acceptance rate, earned over $9.7 million in scholarship money, and won 13 national squash championships. They have attended leading colleges and universities, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Penn, UCLA, and UCSD. Seven students have attended UC Berkeley.

In June 2021, we opened our state-of-the-art education and squash facility in Southeast San Diego. Because of our increased capacity (4 classrooms, community spaces, 8 squash courts), we have been able to dramatically increase our ability to serve the community. We have already increased programs by 250%, growing the number of students to 300. In three years, in keeping with our strategic plan, we expect to be serving over 750 students.

For 17 years, Access programs have been supported 100% philanthropically. Upon opening the new facility, the Access funding model shifted from pure philanthropy to a combination of philanthropy and earned revenue.
• Access programs are now funded in part by paying squash club members, hosting sanctioned squash tournaments, running paid summer camps, hosting squash-based corporate team building events, and renting educational space in our facility. In three years, Access projects that 30% of the support for the nonprofit organization will be from revenue-generating programs.
• Additional future sources of funding will continue to come from philanthropy and government grants.
• To date, Access has secured several sustaining multi-year naming rights pledges.
• We plan to continue to secure funds from foundations, individuals, corporations by growing and leveraging our networks.
• Our Board of Directors, which we will continue to grow, takes an active role financially through a signed agreement and sharing their community connections.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Access Youth Academy

Board of directors
as of 04/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Blair Sadler

Blair Sadler

Rady Children's Hospital

Henry Manice

Mighty Squirrel

Kim Kamdar

Domain Associates

Greg Scherman

Sherman Energy Group

Hugh Davies

Director Emeritus, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Robert Merritt

Retired

Kevin Munkholm

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Mary Walshok

Dean, UCSD Extension

Joshua Swigart

Swigart Law Group

Susan Taylor

Scripps Health

Fernanda Coelho

Coelho Consulting

Ana Rodriguez

Access Student Representative

Kebenesh Genna

Access Parent Representative

Kevin Smith

Wood, Smith, Henning, and Berman

Laurie Black

LJ Black Consulting

David Galluccio

Wells Fargo

John Lingos-Webb

Duetto

Renato Paiva

Access Youth Academy, Executive Director

Jessica Sethi

Sethi Management

Dr. Pamila Brar

J. Craig Venter Institute

Robert Ito

Ito Girard & Associates

Jay Liebowitz

Post Advisory Group

Ian Maxwell

Reviresco Wealth Advisory

Anamica Rai

US Bank

Karla Ruiz

1st United Realty

Joseph Sammartino

The Sammartino Law Group, P.C

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/7/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/07/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.