Mission & History

In an average year in the nation’s capital, more than 8,000 students are truant from school, more than 5,000 students are suspended from school, and more than 3,000 youth arrests take place. This is unacceptable.

Access Youth is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide at-risk youth with access to the skills, resources and support they need to stay in school and out of the criminal justice system.

We aim to curb the school-to-prison pipeline through early intervention focused on three critical points along this spectrum:

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when students are truant from school

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when students have behavior issues that could result in suspension from school

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when young people are arrested for first-time, low-level offenses.

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