Access Youth's mission is to empower vulnerable youth with the tools they need to stay in school, graduate on time and avoid the justice system through mediation and restorative justice. Our overarching goal is to ensure that more D.C. students living in under-served communities graduate from high school on time and prepared to successfully transition into adulthood.
1101 30th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20007
Our programs target the key factors associated with students dropping out of school and becoming involved in the justice system: chronic absenteeism and out-of-school suspension.
Our Truancy Prevention program, focused on increasing attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism, and our Restorative Justice program, focused on increasing the use of peaceful conflict resolution and reducing out-of-school suspensions, are rooted in the proven frameworks of conflict resolution, mediation, and mindfulness.
Why we do what we do:
-Our programs were developed to counteract the negative outcomes of zero tolerance policies which, statistics show, disproportionately target African American and Latino students and those with a history of abuse, neglect, poverty or learning disabilities.
-Our theory of change asserts that by providing vulnerable students at low-income urban high schools with full-time, on-site program managers dedicated to helping them increase their attendance and improve their behavior through our four-pronged program model, students will increase their in-seat attendance (ISA) by 25%, demonstrate an 85% growth in pro-social behavior, and 85% of students will avoid a second suspension.
-Our theory of action asserts that shifting a school's culture to value restorative justice and socio-emotional learning results in increased student resiliency that leads to student independence and inspiration to direct their own personal and collective learning.