Improving educational outcomes begins with something basic: keeping young people in school, not in the juvenile justice system. And that means addressing the things that cause them to drop out in the first place: chronic truancy, suspension, and first-time arrest. Access Youth tackles all of these. At Ballou, Anacostia, HD Woodson and Eastern High Schools, and at Johnson and Kramer Middle Schools, two program managers per school build trusting relationships with students, enrolling them in 6th and 9th grade and continuing through graduation. A truancy prevention program provides encouragement, motivation, and support for attending school, while a restorative justice program works on relationship building, goal setting, progress monitoring, and life skills development. Rooted in conflict resolution and mediation, not punishment, programs will serve 900 students this year, decreasing behavior issues, boosting attendance, increasing school engagement, improving performance, and creating better outcomes for kids.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: DC Public Schools; Ballou High School; Anacostia High School; Eastern High School; H.D. Woodson High School; Johnson Middle School; Kramer Middle School

  • Number of youth served since our founding in 2009:   1800
  • Percent of students who avoided suspension post referral in 2015:   85%
  • Percent of youth who avoid re-arrest post referral:   75%
  • Percent of students who avoided court referral for truancy in 2015:   70%

Awards & Recognition

In 2016 Access Youth was awarded the highly competitive Deputy Mayor for Education's Dropout Prevention Grant that provided one time funds of $170,000 to address high school Truancy.


Budget (FY2022)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Access Youth is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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