What's Happening at Project Access

Project Access Gears Up to Go Back to School

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

As summer comes to a close, the staff members of Project Access are eagerly getting ready to kick-off the new school year. Project Access had a successful summer delivering quality service to our wonderful residents through our Education for Youth programs.

The Resource Centers will be launching various After School Programs including the After School Tutoring and Enrichment Programs for youths and teens. This program will allow children to achieve positive outcomes such as academic success, higher self-esteem and better study habits. The program will assist them with their homework as well as incorporate fun and quality enrichment activities. Furthermore, the program will encourage our youths and teens to be active learners both physically and academically.

Looking back at the year 2014, Project Access successfully served over 4,000 youths in school readiness, after-school and teen programs. 80% of our children have improved their reading grade, 82% of our children have improved their math grade. For our school readiness participants, 81% of the children improved in at least 5 or more areas including color recognition and counting. That's not all! 282 youth have been served with environmental education as well as hands-on technology training.




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Topics: Resident Services, Youth, Teens

Project Access Annual Teen Conference 2015

Posted on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Expanding on the Education for Youth initiative, Project Access held its 9th Annual Teen Conference for teenagers across centers in Southern California. Statistics have shown that youth living in low-income housing are less likely to finish school. In order to encourage higher education and create excitement for teens, the Teen Conference offered an array of activities centered on career opportunities, self-care, and positive self-image. 


The theme of this years' teen conference was #challenge accepted. The participating teens rotated between three different workshops. The first was art of healing, where they shared a little about themselves and their future aspirations. They also had the liberty of using a canvas to express their creativity and feelings. In the second workshop, titled Where Are You Now?, teens had the opportunity to hear about four different career success stories and ask these professionals questions about their journey. Composed of a principal, hotel executive, tattoo artist, and The Filharmonic acapella group, teens were fascinated to learn about potential options they have beyond high school. Lastly, Planned Parenthood educated the teens on the effects and impact of bullying and self-image on social media. 

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Close to 60 teens from 14 centers actively participate, and expanded their knowledge in future goals. The Teen Conference allowed the teens to socialize and develop relationships with others who have similar goals as themselves. With a photo booth, a great performance by The Filharmonic, and raffle prizes, the teens ended their day full of positive energy. The end goal for each of these teens is career success; Project Access continues to support every to keep youth in school and provide assistance in the journey to their success. 

Topics: Teens, Teen Conference

Staff Spotlight: Josephine Colindres and Affy Mohammad

Posted on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Josephine_C.Name: Josephine Colindres

Position Title: Resident Service Coordinator at Arroyo Vista

What do you do for yourself? Hike, Paddle Board, Binge watch Netflix

What is one thing you cannot live without? Tacos

If you could swim in any liquid, what would it be? Jello

What do you like best about your job?
I like having the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference. 

What is the weirdest thing you've ever eaten and did you like it?
Fried alligator. It was ok, I was able to eat it, but I'd be okay if I never ate it again. 

Do you have any special or hidden talents, what is it? I can wink with both eyes, I can also play the alto saxophone. 



Name: Affy Mohammad

Position Title: Resident Service Coordinator at Irvine sites

What do you hope to accomplish in your role? My goal is to go above and beyond in my role- I hope to help build the positive and growing reputation of PA!

You are stranded on an island; tell us your 5 essential survival kit items. GO! Chocolate, my friends, nail polish, anti-frizz hair spray and whiskey

What do you consider the most adventurous thing you've ever done? Probably rock climbing in Costa Rica

What is your biggest pet peeve? People who don't signal when changing lanes... I mean come on! I can't read your mind.. from my car that is

A weekend at the Four Seasons or tent camping? A weekend at Four Seasons! Obvs!

What is the coolest place you've visited? I have to say Istanbul, the grand baazaar, the history, the food, the people- just a magical land that lingers in your dreams long after you leave. 

Project Access Youth Get Active in Summer 2015

Posted on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

In 2015, Project Access continues to expand upon the initiative to bring vital health and nutrition programs to low-income youth across family resource centers in California, Arizona and Colorado. During these programs, youth are exposed to new ways to exercise and get active both outdoors and indoors – whether from yoga and Zumba on a rainy day, to soccer clinics and jump roping outside in the sun. At the same time, they are educated and exposed to healthy new recipes. Just this summer, youth participating in Denver, CO, tried yummy smoothies made with spinach, yogurt and fruits, while others in Santa Ana, CA learned how to make easy hummus wraps. In Anaheim, CA youth danced away to Zumba.

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As youth wrapped up their nutrition and exercise program in Denver at Pembrooke Apartments this past week, they celebrated with a black bean and chip dip in the park and a presentation of certificates. The program was lead by Health Coordinator Intern Cyndi Hoffman. She explained, “Educating our youth about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet is one way to make sure they make better eating choices now and in the future.”


Did you know? In 2014, over 85% of Project Access residents reported that health workshops, screenings and nutrition classes increased healthy behaviors in their family! Learn more about our success here.

Topics: Project Access, Education for Youth, Youth, Summer, Summer Learning

Staff Spotlight - Sylvia Perez and Kendra Ma

Posted on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 @ 01:30 PM

sylvia_p.Name: Sylvia Perez

Position Title: Resident Services Coordinator at East Bluff Apartments

What do you hope to accomplish in your role?

I hope to bring the members of the community closer to their goals individually and as a group.

What do you do for yourself (for fun/hobbies/side business, etc.)?

I have two children so they are my fun. I still attend school, also, so I pretty much have my hands full.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten and did you like it?

Fried twinkies and I did not like them.

Do you have any special or hidden talents, what is it?

I can do 20 things at once and do them correctly. The perks of being a mom.

What is one thing you cannot live without?

My family, especially my children and chocolate. Can't forget the chocolate. (:

If you were a ghost, where would you haunt?

My friends just to get a laugh.



Name: Kendra Ma

Position Title: Resident Service Coordinator at North Beach Place

What do you hope to accomplish in your role?

I hope to help empower our residents to lead sustainable lifestyles and increase connections to each other and the community!

What do you do for yourself (for fun/hobbies/side business, etc.)?

I love to hike and fish in places across California and all over the world. I love going to local shows and play the guitar and piano with friends.

What do you consider the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

While I was in the Dominican Republic, I climbed a 100 ft waterfall and cliff-jumped into the water.

If you could swim in any liquid, what would it be?

Sweet earl grey tea with cream.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten and did you like it?

I hated the stomach intestines of a pig, but enjoyed trying alligator meat.

What is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Share a little bit about your experience. Some friends and I wandered upon a waterfall and hung out in underwater caves near Mt. Shasta

Do you have any special or hidden talents, what is it?

Ask me how to make the perfect cup of coffee!

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