of mental illness begins by age 14.
Welcome to The Access Project

Serving South Snohomish County

In the aftermath of the pandemic, our youth are struggling to find social support and community resources. With fewer connections to rely on, kids today are facing their challenges alone, making the journey of adolescence more difficult than ever.

The ACCESS Project is committed to providing South Snohomish County’s youth with the tools, resources and support they need to overcome adversity and reach their full potential.

Mental Health Facts

Did You Know?

Mental illness can affect anybody regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, or socio-economic background. Mental illness is not caused by poor decisions.
The Access Project

Who We Are

The ACCESS Project, initiated in late 2022, stems from a collective effort of officials, educators, faith leaders, and industry professionals addressing the escalating felony violence and self-harm among South County youth. As a nonprofit organization, we’ve strategically positioned ourselves to serve underprivileged youth grappling with mental health challenges, with a specific emphasis on the BIPOC youth population in the Edmonds school district. Our mission is to act as a comprehensive information and referral hub, orchestrating community and mental health resources to create a supportive network tailored to the unique needs of youth in South Snohomish County.

Collaborating with Scriber Lake High School and other local partners, The ACCESS Project is gearing up to organize and sponsor a variety of positive activities, including sports, art, poetry, and music, commencing in January 2024. These initiatives are meticulously designed to not only engage youth positively but also to enrich their lives. Acknowledging the surge in crime rates, particularly in Lynnwood and Everett, we are laser-focused on supporting youth aged 12-17, actively working to diminish the allure of gang involvement through alternative activities. The ACCESS Project is poised to convene youth focus groups, collaborate closely with the community, and forge partnerships with law enforcement to provide impactful solutions. Our multifaceted strategy encompasses social media campaigns, website development, and community presentations, ensuring a comprehensive outreach to effectively engage both youth and parents. By addressing the prevailing mental health crisis and fostering robust community collaboration, The ACCESS Project is committed to making a substantial and lasting impact in South Snohomish County.

Get To Know us

Meet our Team

The ACCESS Project Mission Is Made Possible By The Following Individuals. Their Selfless Commitment To Snohomish County Youth Helps Brighten The Future Of Our Community.

Wally Webster

Founder & President

Celeste Hernandez Pineda

Clinical Intake Specialist

If you are in need of HELP and Support:

    The Access Project

    How We Are Making A Difference.

    Our Mission
    To reimagine, transform, pioneer, and persevere in the early prevention and intervention of youth mental health challenges.
    Our Vision
    Breaking the cycle of gun violence, felony violence, hate crimes, and self-harm committed by youth.