NUSEA Visits Access For Bi-yearly Review

All NUSEA programs are evaluated bi-yearly by a revolving panel of Executive Directors from veteran urban squash programs. This year, Access was evaluated by NUSEA’s ED, Tim Wyant. The evaluation includes observing programming in all facets on and off court, interviewing students, parents, volunteers, our partner school, staff and board– all the moving pieces of the organization. The two day visit was an opportunity to observe the strengths of the program, strong work ethic of both students and staff, and the overall growth of the program.

While attending an Access Youth Academy board meeting, Tim commented on the success of the Access; highlighting the long-term results of the Access program, the caliber of colleges the students are accepted to, the strong partnership with Preuss, the development of a Health & Wellness program, as well as the “on the ground work” as being exceptional.

Tim Wyant provides an overview of NUSEA, its programs, and support for member organizations to the Access Board.

National Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) Executive Director, Tim Wyant provides an overview of NUSEA, its programs, and support for member organizations to the Access Board at its February meeting.



International Women’s Day takes place today and to mark the event, the Professional Squash Association (PSA) has picked some of the most inspirational and influential women ever to play squash, which includes homegrown talent and Access Youth Academy student Reyna Pacheco.

An affiliate of the World Squash Federation (WSF), the Professional Squash Association (PSA) is the global governing body responsible for the administration of both men’s and women’s professional squash around the world and released the following statement regarding Ms. Pacheco’s inclusion in this influential list.

“World No.79 Reyna Pacheco had to work hard to hone her talent and make it as a professional player and her story is certainly an inspirational one.

A Mexican immigrant who moved to the United States when she was just four years old, she found adapting to life in a different country a challenge but that soon changed when she was introduced to squash.

She became the first player to come through the urban squash program and begin a career as a professional and is proof that squash is open to everyone regardless of social status or upbringing”. 

At just 21 years of age and due to graduate from Columbia University this year as a Gates Millennium Scholar, Pacheco has a big future ahead of her and a mature outlook on both her own individual goals and the expectations the sport is putting on her shoulders with honors like the one today.

“I am honored to be included in a list with women who have truly achieved incredible things for our sport and while squash has come a long way in terms of gender equality both on and off the court, there are still a lot of steps left to take for our sport, for urban squash and for women around the world in general in terms of equality.

“I look forward to my own evolution as a positive role model for my community, the students at Access Youth Academy where this journey began back in 2006, and urban squash programs across the country. I hope to prove that we can all achieve our dreams regardless of the color of our skin, our economic status or our gender” Ms. Pacheco said

In a big day for the organization, Access Youth Academy Strategic Advisor Sarah Fitz-Gerald was also announced on the PSA’s prestigious list. Reyna spent this past summer in Australia working with former World Champion Fitz-Gerald and came back fired up for a big 2016 of which she has already cracked the top 100 rankings to a career high number 79 (ranked female player) in the world.

“I am elated to be named among people who I truly admire. I look forward to continue to work really hard on and off court to be like and achieve the kinds of things that these women have achieved and look forward to what the future holds” Ms. Pacheco said.

Reyna Pacheco in action for the Columbia University Squash team

Reyna Pacheco in action for the Columbia University Squash team


Access Vacancy – Development Officer (F/T)

Access Youth Academy is an academic enrichment program entering its 10th year of service and has an operating budget of over $800,000. This position will be appealing for someone looking to learn and develop new approaches to annual giving with a strong focus on metrics, strategy and modern approaches to donor relations.

This full-time position reports to the organizations Development Director and is responsible for helping execute effective cultivation approaches to increase the donor base and awareness of Access Youth Academy through a variety of in person meetings, presentations, and networking opportunities with key stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will be positive and adaptable, someone who asks great questions and wants to learn. They will also be enthusiastic about transforming young lives through education and narrowing the inequality of opportunity.

Grant Identification, Research & Proposal Preparation

  • Track deadlines related to grant opportunities for government, corporate and foundation donors and communicate regularly with Development Team
  • Identify and solicit new grant opportunities that align with the mission and goals of the organization
  • Assist Development Director with follow up reports and grant tracking throughout the calendar year

Special Events & Projects

  • Work with Development and Program staff to plan and execute yearly events including a large scale 10 year anniversary gala in October
  • Support Program staff on an as needed basis

Donor Tracking, Correspondence & Recognition

  • Maintain donor database on a regular basis including but not limited to inputting donor communication updates, updating contact information, importing and exporting lists, queries, etc. when necessary
  • Compose solicitation and cultivation letters to donors and prospects
  • Prepare acknowledgement letters for all gifts
  • Work with Development Staff including Executive Director on all fundraising campaigns
  • Working with donors to ensure gifts are stewarded correctly


  • Updating organization website
  • Produce monthly newsletter and contribute to social media strategy

Education, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelors degree
  • A minimum of 1-2 years in a nonprofit or similar fundraising role.
  • Experience using Salesforce a big plus.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills including letters to donors, outreach materials, e-mail campaigns, twitter, etc.
  • Proficiency with Mac desirable.
  • Experience and ability to work with all types of constituents such as donors, volunteers, board members, community and business leaders, government officials and others.
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate initiative, and to complete and report on assignments.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and also remain oriented to the “big picture”.

Access Youth Academy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition or covered veteran status.

Salary Range: $38,000 – $43,000

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter together with your resume to Renato Paiva, Executive Director:


Student Blog

Code for America – Full STEaM Ahead!

Our students visited the Neustar offices on March 2, 2016. A group of engineers within the company hosted an “Hour of Code”– an introduction to programming and technology to get youth interested in the STEM fields. Our students worked in pairs and learned to code using JavaScript. They created applications that told jokes, a greeter program that asked the user their name, and even a Magic 8 Ball application! Our students rose to the challenge and were able to reach mastery. At the end, we took a tour around the offices, got some snacks, and played a bit of ping pong with the engineers.