ACCESS Community Center

Access History and Mission

Access is a community-based organization founded in 1967 as a non profit corporation in the state of California, and recognized as a 501(c) 3, tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Its mission is to provide access to education, workforce training and support services that empower youth and adults in transition to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence.

Initially formed to administer community development programs during the War on Poverty of the late sixties, Access helped resettle thousands of refugees from Southeast Asia during the seventies. It was also one of the first non-profit organizations in San Diego County to operate workforce development programs under contracts with the Regional Employment and Training Consortium, the forerunner to the present San Diego Workforce Partnership. Since 1987, Access has been a major youth employment service provider, and since 1990 has worked extensively with current and former foster youth.