On February 7, 2020, Civic Community Partners closed a $4 million NMTC investment with Access Youth Academy to finance construction of a new, two-story, 21,500 square-foot structure that will house a nine-court, state-of-the-art squash facility and learning center in the community of Encanto.
Access Youth Academy is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 with the belief that every child should have equal access to achieve their full potential, and that the San Diego community could benefit from an educational support program which uses the sport of squash as a catalyst to transform the lives of underserved youth.
The new center will provide services to approximately 1,300 local students, scaling up from the 120 students served at its current location. A portion of the building will house three classrooms used for academic studies and tutoring sessions, a computer lab for college prep and admissions assistance, a conference room for meetings and workshops, a technology center, multipurpose meeting rooms and instructional space, staff offices, a kitchen/break room, and a parent lounge. The facility will blend sports, academics, and opportunities to offer training and classes for the public.