1. Who is ACCESS?
ACCESS is a not-for-profit organization that partners with local schools to provide opportunities for all students to further develop academic and social skills in a safe and healthy environment within extended day programs and beyond. We offer a wide variety of SecondShift after-school classes at five middle schools in RE-1 and Re-2 School Districts in Western Colorado. Sessions are offered
2 times/year and run ten weeks. Classes are 1 to 1.5 hours and are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Some classes meet twice weekly and others meet once a week.
2. Is ACCESS operated through the School District?
No. We are an independent non-profit. We work closely with the schools where our programs are offered, but we are not financially affiliated with the School District. We do receive an in-kind donation from school districts in the form of the use of school facilities and janitorial services.
3. Do students have to go to public school in order to take classes in ACCESS’ programs?
No. Any student may participate in our programs as long as they meet the grade criteria. To register, a parent or guardian just needs to fill out registration forms that are available at our office or at the schools. The forms can be picked up at and returned to the administrative office of the school where your child expects to attend on eof our programs.
4. What is the cost per class?
The cost is $20 per class. If the class meets 2 times a week it is still $20. If your child signs up for 2 separate classes, for example Cooking on Mondays and Kickboxing on Wednesdays, the fee would be $20 per class, for a total of $40. Some classes might have additional fees.
5. What does the $20 per class pay for?
The $20 goes toward paying teachers and covering program costs such as materials (wood for carpentry, material for sewing, etc). The fee also covers the students’ snack before each class. The $20 fee only covers a small portion of ACCESS’ costs. The remainder of our program expenses are covered by grants and charitable donations to our organization.
6. Are there scholarships available?
Yes. Simply indicate on the registration form that the child needs a scholarship to participate and we will contact you to gather the required information to extend financial help.
7. Who supervises students during ACCESS’ programs?
The vast majority of people who work with children in the SecondShift program are individuals who work with students during their regular daytime classes. This means that they frequently know your child from in-class contact, and they are familiar with the school’s program. We also employ instructors who work with other organizations in the valley.
8. How may I support ACCESS with a monetary donation?
Simply send a check to ACCESS Roaring Fork, PO Box 819, Carbondale CO 81623. We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. 100% of our fees and donations go toward meeting our program costs. You can also donate using our secure server by clicking here and selecting “donate now”. For in-kind donations or more information please contact ACCESS at 970-963-4402.