Access California Services (AccessCal) believes in the importance of empowering underserved youth, including refugee youth, to succeed in the United States of America. These youngsters struggle with isolation, stress, as well as academic and professional challenges. Upon assessing the needs of the youth, it was evident there was a requirement for services to bridge the academic, professional, and personal wellness gap. AccessCal initiated the Leaders of Tomorrow – Youth Mentoring Program to help the future generation of America thrive in our rapidly changing environment.
AccessCal offers youth academic and professional mentoring and guidance, college and job application assistance, SAT prep, mental health counseling, and much more. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, AccessCal hosted several in-person activities to bring youth together to connect, learn, and get inspired. These include field trips, workshops from visiting community organizations, cultural spotlight events, and thought-provoking discussions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, AccessCal turned its in-person engagements to virtual ones, leveraging community leaders and educators to inspire youth to achieve leadership, develop skills, and proudly represent the duality of being a minority in America.