Volunteer at Access

Ways to Volunteer at Access Youth Academy

Tutoring K-12 Access Students

Assist the Academic Team during afternoon instructional time. Tutors are most needed in math, science, and Spanish.

Mentorship Program

Build a lifelong relationship with one of our amazing Access Youth Academy students. Mentors meet monthly with students, serving as an additional source of adult support and guidance as the students strive for success in their academic, athletic, and personal endeavors. Each mentorship is carefully matched by the Program director.

Fitness Coach Volunteer

Help the Squash Coach during daily squash and fitness training for the students. Fitness volunteers are some of our most valuable role models when it comes to demonstrating positive attitudes about exercise, competition, nutrition, and practice.

Access News: Success Stories, Impact, DEI, & Development

San Diego academy using squash to help kids reach college


JULY 29, 2021

It begins with an after-school program of academics and squash from 7th through the 12th grade. Students visit colleges, prep for the SAT and ACT, get help with college applications, and of course, play in squash tournaments ...

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Blair Sadler is ‘flunking’ retirement as he helps students through squash


JULY 9, 2021

La Jollan Blair Sadler, a former president of Rady Children’s Hospital, is using retirement to continue his crusade to squash social inequities via Access Youth Academy ...

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Academics and squash give charter students a new choice for college


FEBRUARY 2, 2022

“Why is it called squash? Because the ball is squashy,” said Deon Saffery, the Academy’s squash manager. She was recruited from the United Kingdom to come to San Diego and teach children as young as 10 how to play the centuries-old game ...

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