Mission and Values

Our Vision

Access envisions a vibrant St. Louis community where equity in education allows every child to think, dream, and achieve big.

Our Mission

Access propels middle school students who have been historically underserved through high school and on to college and career success with enrichment, counseling, and scholarships.

Our Values

We are committed to…

Supporting a Top-Quality, Values-Based Education

  • We supplement our partner middle schools’ curricula with academic, arts, leadership, and character development through extended school day and summer programs
  • We fund scholarships to area private, college-prep high schools
  • We believe in the value of continuing education, and mentor our students in their college and post-secondary programs

Focusing on the Individual

  • We build solid, long-term relationships with each student and his/her family, assisting and advocating for each based on individual needs
  • We support the development of the whole child—academic, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual

Strengthening Our Community

  • We serve in urban schools, which provide stability to the neighborhoods in which they are located
  • We celebrate the diversity of our students and the mutual value of their inclusion within area high schools and colleges
  • We believe every child in the schools we serve deserves opportunities, and accept all students into our program

Leveraging Partnerships

  • We cultivate strong partnerships with middle, high, and post-secondary schools and educators
  • We collaborate with like-minded organizations for the betterment of at-risk youth in our region
  • We partner with our individual donors, corporations, foundations, and supporters, committing to be the utmost stewards of their gifts