Access Youth Academy joined Live Well San Diego as a Recognized Partner on October 22, 2016. Access Youth Academy is committed to transforming the lives of underserved youth through academic enrichment, health and wellness, social responsibility and leadership through the sport of squash. Founded in 2006, Access Youth Academy provides guidance for students to build the essential life skills needed in order to become responsible and honorable adults.
Through their core program, Access Youth Academy students spend 10 hours per week (46 weeks per year) receiving academic support, athletic training, SAT preparation and health instruction and participating in community service projects. Subject area experts and community volunteers support students with individual tutoring in math, history, writing and science, and is built on highly personalized, four pillars of excellence: academic achievement, health and wellness, leadership and social responsibility.
In 2016, Access Youth Academy celebrated a 100% high school graduation rate, 100% college acceptance rate, and has helped to secure over $4.5Million in earned scholarships for 35 students. All Access Youth Academy students are from socio-economically disadvantaged families as defined by their eligibility for "Free or Reduced Lunch" or ability to attend a "Title One" school, which helps disadvantaged children meet high standards.
Access Youth Academy is committed to continuing to advance the Live Well San Diego vision by collaborating with local schools, educational nonprofits, public agencies, business, philanthropy and other community leaders who have developed programs for social change by incorporating the sport of squash as a catalyst to transform young lives.