A team for ACCESS INC
My wish this holiday is for every child in Washington, DC to have the support, resources and activities they need to BELIEVE in themselves!
As many of you know, I recently joined the Board of ACCESS Youth Inc. one of DC’s most innovative and successful nonprofits. Our mission is to recognize and develop the un-fostered potential in each child and provide youth with access to resources, support and services that empower them to make life choices that positively impact their future.
We provide at-risk youth with programming and resources to prevent them in coming in contact with the juveniles justice system and open their minds to alternatives to delinquent behavior and positive live choices. For juveniles who have been arrested and come in contact with the juvenile justice system ACCESS offers alternatives to court and incarceration, ensuring that juveniles connect their criminal or harmful actions with consequences and accountability where they are held accountable and take responsibility for their actions.
I have had the privilege of seeing the benefits of each of our programs. Recently a group of boys in our life skills class visited PNC bank and learned how to open checking accounts and to understand how to establish credit, as well as the lure of credit cards. I also chaperoned a community service project at the Atlas Theatre and observed a mediation where a group of students worked out their differences with each other, their parents and teachers and discussed and committed to alternatives to violence and fighting.
I continue to be motivated by the juveniles and families we serve and as one of ACCESS’s youth advisory board members recently said at a meeting: “thank you for believing in me, there are too many adults giving up on kids these days.”
As we enter this holiday season, we are faced with a year-end shortfall. Due to government funding delays, ACCESS will be forced to suspend its important programs unless we raise $25,000 by the end of the year. ‘
I ask you to join my efforts and give any amount you can to help us reach this goal.
There is no better time than now to give: Your donation is 100% deductible this year if given before December 31st!
Please think of all of the children you can help, and give as generously as you can.
Happy Holidays to you and your family!
I want to show children that there are people who care about their future!