“The Living Room Dialogue” Youth Wellness Series

On Wednesday, April 07, 2021, we will kick-start a new series of wellness workshops for youth. These sessions are geared to empower youngsters to deal with their current challenges in a healthy manner. At the first workshop, our Wellness Experts will focus on the topics of self-love and self-care. The young participants will be taken through the self-care wheel to help them learn how to augment their emotional, mental and physical health. Additionally, they will be taught positive affirmations and introduced to a self-soothing toolkit.

Interested youth can register via this link. For questions, please contact our Youth Program Coordinator, Lilly Ahmed, at lilly@accesscal.org.

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Check Out Our Founder and Executive Director’s Interview On Shura TV

On Friday, March 19, 2021, our Founder and Executive Director, Nahla Kayali, was interviewed by our Board Member and host of Shura TV, Wali Abdul Hanifzai. The lively discussion between Wali and Nahla captures the important role that Access California Services (AccessCal) plays in the community. Nahla shares the journey of AccessCal, the programs and services offered, advocating for the community and how the team has worked on the frontlines during the pandemic.

Access California Services Condemns Acts of Violence Towards Our Asian American Brothers and Sisters

Orange County, CA 3/23/2021 – Access California Services (AccessCal) strongly condemns the incidences of hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Our heart goes out to the families, who lost their loved ones in the tragedy in Atlanta last week. We stand with our AAPI brothers and sisters during this difficult time and call to end the violence and racism directed towards them. It is time for us to unite and show love to our neighbors, while celebrating each other’s diversity. 

Leaders of Tomorrow – Ladder to Success Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM PST

As part of our Youth Leadership series, this virtual seminar will provide the young people in our community an opportunity to learn from a trailblazing female leader. Our Board Chair, Khouloud Bustami, Vice President at American Funds, Capital Group Companies, will share her six tips for success. Khouloud has a passion to activate, inspire and help develop people to reach their highest potential.  She will share self-empowerment strategies that helped her in her business journey of 30 years that led her from a Client Services Associate in the Shareholder Services Department with Capital Group in 1990 to becoming a Vice President and a Sr. Department Manager in 2003.

To register, Click Here.

AccessCal Presents At The 2021 Youth SDG Summit – February 11, 2021

AccessCal is delighted to host a panel discussion at the 2021 Youth SDG Summit on “Empowering Refugee Youth to Succeed”.

This panel will highlight how each of us can play a critical role in helping refugee youth succeed in their new home country. It will showcase the resilience and determination of refugee youth to succeed as well as how we can unite to empower these youngsters to lead a happy and fulfilling life.

The panelist include:


  • • Sonali Samarasinghe – Former Minister at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations


  • • Nahla Kayali – Founder & Executive Director – Access California Services
  • • Sheikh Yassir Fazaga – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist / Mental Health Advisor to Access California Services
  • • Nada Abubakr – Recipient of Refugee Students Scholarship Program
  • • Gloria Baroi – Recipient of Refugee Students Scholarship Program


To learn more – Click Here

Youth Meet and Greet – February 03, 2021

Access California Services (AccessCal), hosted a “Leaders of Tomorrow “Speak Your Mind” virtual event, for youth between the ages of 14 and 24 years. This leadership event enabled youth to connect with one another, share the challenges they are faced with during these uncertain times, and, learn about the resources that are available to them, whether it is for school, work, or personal wellness.

The panel comprised of an exciting range of speakers and celebrity, such as:

Sheikh Yassir Fazaga: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Advisor to Access California Services

Al Jabbar: Anaheim Union High School District, Board of Trustees – Member

Amer Zahr: A Palestinian, Arab-American Comedian, Speaker, Writer, and Academic, based in Dearborn, MI

Mohammad Hijazi: Former AccessCal Youth Program Manager,

Lilly Ahmed: Current AccessCal Youth Program Coordinator


To learn more – Click Here

AccessCal 2020 End of Year Review

Thank you for joining Access California Services to preserve the dignity and enrich the lives of the underserved members of our community. By being part of our journey, you have been a powerful agent of change!

Your generosity has helped thousands of individuals and families in need this year. Check out our 2020 End of Year Review video to learn how you helped us keep our doors open during the pandemic to support our community.  

To make Year-End donations, please click HERE.

Giving Back This Giving Tuesday!

A big Thank You to all our donors for your generous gift this #GivingTuesday! We raised over $10,000 for families facing hardship in our community. Your donations will be used towards these families with housing, employment, mental health services and much more. A  special thanks to our long time donor, who matched every dollar donated. We are forever grateful for the love and support showered on us and the faith in our journey to ensure every member of our community thrives.

Families Impacted By The Silverado and Blue Ridge Fires

The Silverado and Blue Ridge fires have led to the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes over the last two days. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by this natural disaster. If any family impacted by the fires is in need of basic necessities such as food, diapers etc., please contact us.