Happy New Year!

Sending out a big Thank You to our #GivingTuesday and
Year End Campaign Donors!
Because of you we exceeded our $20,000 goal!
Your support propels students from San Diego's poorest neighborhoods to top-rated universities and beyond!
It's Almost Gala Time!
If you haven't registered yet, do so now!
Don't miss out on this enjoyable evening. The keynote speech will be delivered by an Access student and a number of others will be in attendance. This is the perfect opportunity to meet Access youth, board members and staff and get caught up on all the exciting new developments as we head into 2020!
News from Above the Tin
Students Competing in the Southern California
High School League
Over the past couple of months, several of our Access students have been training to be part of the Southern California High School League. The league has been a crucial part of helping to cultivate the game of squash among junior players in the Southern California region. Now in its 7th year, the league is bigger than ever, with three levels of divisions and 25 teams made up of 5 player teams. The first competition was in San Diego in November. Access players showed up on their first weekend, brought their “A” game and played in three matches. They won 5-0 against Santa Barbara, 5-0 against ESLA and then lost 1-4 to the defending champions, San Diego Squash Club. Four weeks ago, Coach Dave traveled with the team north to Aliso Viejo for the second weekend of the league play. They achieved two more team victories, 5-0 over UCLA, while only losing one individual match, 4-1 over Cate School. Last weekend, the SoCal League teams traveled to Pasadena for a competition, and Access results were 2-3 losing to UCLA and prevailing 3-2 over Arroyo Seco. It was a long but animated Sunday drive back home after finishing 1-1 for the day. Currently, Access is tied for first place in the league! February 1-2, the SoCal League will return to Pasadena for finals. The first day will be a team event, and the second day an individual event. These experiences are crucial for young squash players to gain confidence, improve their physical health, and network with other squash players. Undoubtedly the most meaningful aspect, however, is the Access team building that happens along the way. The shared experience of cheering on teammates during matches...and cheering them up when they lose, pitting individual and team skills against a variety of players and learning from them, and long hours on the road to and from these matches all combine to create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Good luck SoCal League team!
This month Access students and staff would like to
send our special thanks to
Pacific Western Bank
Because of you, students are being lifted from some of San Diego's poorest neighborhoods to top-rated universities and beyond!
Thank You!
SDGE is an Access Youth Academy Supporter and Partner
Each month we will work together to provide you with tips and tricks to save energy and money.


SDG&E has several assistance programs to help lower your monthly energy bill while keeping your home comfortable. 

  • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Save 30% or more every month on your bill. Eligibility is based on participation in certain public assistance programs, or household income and how many people live in your home. Visit sdge.com/CARE to learn more. 

  • Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program: If you don’t meet the requirements for CARE, you may qualify for FERA. You could receive an 18 percent discount on your energy bill. FERA is only open to households with three or more people. Visit sdge.com/FERA to learn more. 

  • Medical Baseline Allowance Program: If you or someone in your household has a qualifying medical condition or needs certain medical equipment in your home, you may be eligible for electricity or natural gas at a lower rate. To learn more or apply, visit sdge.com/MedicalBaseline.

  • Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: You may qualify to receive no-cost energy-saving improvements for your home, such as new home appliances, energy-efficient lighting, insulation and more. To see if you qualify, visit sdge.com/ESAP

For details about SDG&E’s customer assistance programs, visit sdge.com/Assistance . If you have additional questions, please email billdiscount@sdge.com or call 1-800-411-7343.