What's Happening at Project Access

Bringing a Viral Sensation to our After-School Program

Posted on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

Last week, a YouTube video made its way through Facebook racking up over 33 million views. What could such a video entail? A dancing hippo? An adorable baby? Believe it or not, the video was none other than milk, food coloring, and dish soap coming together. Posted on the Facebook page Just Eat Real Food, the video showed what happens in the chemical reactions of soap molecules rushing to meet up with fat molecules in milk, while pushing around food coloring around in the process. The result is a like a homemade kaleidoscope - click here to see it yourself!

With After School Programs in full swing around Project Access Famiy Resource Centers this fall, the thousands of youth Project Access serves annually are being treated to a variety of enrichment activities. This past week, youth at Pembrooke apartments in Denver got to try out the science in the popular video themselves in small groups. Needless to say, the youth loved this engaging and visually stunning science activity!



Did you know? In 2014, Project Access served over 4,000 youth in School Readiness,
After-School Programs, and Teen Programs. 

Topics: Education for Youth, Resident Services, Youth

Staff Spotlight - Meet Brenda and Mikeyonna

Posted on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

brenda_1Name: Brenda Morales De Martinez

Position title: Resident Services Manager

What do you hope to accoplish in your role: My goal is to continue advocating for the residents we serve. 

What do you do for yourself: To unwind I LOVE to spend time with my husband by going to the movies, eating out, or cooking a nice BBQ. 

What do you consider the most adventurous thing you've ever done? Parasailing in Puerto Vallarta

If you were a ghost, where would you haunt? I would be a free spirit roaming around.

If you could live in any period of history, when would it be and why? The fabulous 50's, because it's an era known as the "happy days" and I loved the way they dressed.


Name: Mikeyonna Dedmon

Position title: Resident Services Coordinator @ Paseo Verde

What do you like best about your job? 
Being able to make a difference.

What is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it? 
Thanksgiving so I can participate in a continuous cycle of eating and sleeping the day after. 

What would you do with fifteen minutes of fame? 
Bring awareness to Lupus. 

What do you do for yourself? 
I LOVE reading and writing poetry.  I am a HUGE fan of WWE and I love attending live events. 

You are stranded on an island; Tell us your 5 survival kit items, GO! 
Iphone, Ipod, water, peanut butter, & my mom. 

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Topics: Staff Spotlight, Q&A

Labor Day and Project Access

Posted on Mon, Sep 7, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Labor Day is here and the first Monday of September is a very special day, not only because of the day off but for the meaning behind the holiday. Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor movement and a dedication to the social and economic achievements made by hardworking people.

Project Access is working hard to help low-income residents by empowering them to reach their full potential and be active contributors to society. Just last year, over 500 residents participated in job readiness services such as resume and employment application writing. Over 90% residents reported that the information they received will help them save more money and/or reduce debt. Over 300 residents learned how to speak, write, and read English. Project Access is grateful for our residents because of their determination to contribute to our society. 

Take a look at the beautiful hands of our hardworking residents--symbolic for the holiday.
Happy Labor Day! 


Topics: Capacity Building for Adults, Employment

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

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