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ACCESS Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator!

June 6, 2018 -- ACCESS is pleased to announce that we have again received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This marks the 7th consecutive year in a row we've achieved this distinction!

Charity Navigator is America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Charity Navigator works to provide clear, objective and reliable assessments of both the financial health and accountability/transparency of charities, allowing donors to feel confident in the charities they support. A 4-star rating indicates an organization exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.

Only 4% of charities evaluated receive 4-star evaluations for 7 consecutive years, and we're proud to be one of them!

To learn more about our rating, visit our profile on the Charity Navigator website here.

ACCESS College Commitment Day 2018

Over 2,000 high school seniors from Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Northampton County gathered in the Ted Constant Convocation Center on April 24 to celebrate their acceptance into the colleges of their choice.

This high-energy event, emceed by Shaggy from Z104, was attended by students from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Northampton County public schools. All of these seniors were helped by ACCESS on their journey to college, and were accepted into AT LEAST one college or university beginning in the Fall!

We even surprised the students and gave away scholarships and gift cards to be used for dorm shopping during our event!

We couldn’t do this without our sponsors. Special thanks goes to J & A Racing, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Signature Family Wealth Advisors, University of Virginia, Virginia529, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Wesleyan University and ECPI. We truly appreciate your support!

Check out coverage of our event from WVEC here and our interview on WTKR's Coast Live here.

Find more photos from the event on our Facebook page! #IGotIn2018

ACCESS Hires First Career Connection Coordinator

We're pleased to welcome Morgan Chase as its first Career Connection Coordinator.

In that role, Chase works with nearly 300 ACCESS Scholars to bridge the gap between college and career. He aids their search for internships and entry-level jobs, as well as interacts with business and community leaders to create new positions for ACCESS’ network of Scholars.

Chase previously worked as a public affairs producer and content strategist for 89.5 WHRV FM and WHRO FM.

Monday Night Steak at Baker's Crust, All Month Long!

How does a delicious steak dinner at Baker’s Crust sound? Yep, our mouths are watering, too!

On any Monday in March, dine in after 4:00 p.m. at one of three Bakers Crusts (Ghent, Greebrier or Hilltop) for "Buy a Steak in Your Community" to benefit ACCESS!

For just $7, you’ll dine on an 8 oz. black angus flat iron steak while helping to pave the way for positive change for many deserving young people. Join us.

For more information: https://bakerscrust.com/menu/specials