We are COMPASS. We have impacted the lives of over 20,000 students, parents and families.
We are a community-based, non-profit, social service agency and special needs school that provides comprehensive educational, counseling and support services to high-risk youth and families. Our 4 school- and home-based programs serve over 1000 clients per year. Our mission is to equip those we serve with the skills to become self-sufficient productive members of their communities and society.
COMPASS' 2010 Violence Prevention Day Celebration
On Wednesday, June 9th, students, parents/guardians and staff celebrated COMPASS' Violence Prevention Day with a theme of "Violence Prevention Through a Recognition of Success," a day which provided an opportunity to recognize achievements in COMPASS' four school and famiily based programs. All attendees were given t-shirts which featured the creative expressions of students who participated in designing a message and/or artwork for this year's event. Students were rewarded with a $25 gift certificate to a store or restaurant of their choice.
A Parent's Gratitude
"I'm wiritng you to acknowledge and recognize the dedication, wisdom and earnestness of two COMPASS employees, Mundo and Steve, and to thank COMPASS for its support of our family last year. Words cannot begin to describe the tremendous gratitude I feel toward Mundo and Steve for their help working with our teenage son, A. It was a very difficult and dark period for our family.
"Dear Eric, I wanted to thank you for Thursday; the boys really enjoyed themselves. It was sort of a hard week for them... thanks for making a big deal of Scott's report card; he really needed that approval, as well as the recognition that he did a good job. I hadn't seen him smile as much as I did on Thursday, he loved all of the attention... I am attaching photos of both boys so you can remember two boys' lives you made a difference in... "
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Boston Evening Clinic Puts Safety First at COMPASS
The generosity of the Boston Evening Clinic allowed the COMPASS School to purchase, among other items, a portable defibrillator. Ms. Lynn Monger, Service Manager for Cintas First Aid Safety, provided training to Attracta Britton, School Nurse, Dr. Beth Labbe, Prinicipal, Mr. Terry Belli, Clinical Director, and other key staff. The machine will provide for daily safety at the school and can be brought to sporting or other events to ensure safety away from school as well.
COMPASS: Year at a Glance Report
COMPASS recently mailed its 2011 At a Glance update, an end of fiscal year report for our stakeholders. We present the same information here...
2011 Washington DC Trip
Six students from four different towns enjoyed the annual Kip Sowpel Washington DC trip this year. Students saw the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, the Air and Space Museum, the National Mall and monuments, as well as taking in a Washington Nationals baseball game. Students expressed their excitment in the oppurtunity to have new experiences, with some students taking this fully to heart, even trying a new food or dish at every meal. The group really enjoyed their week's experience.
An intensive support program to help high-risk adolescents remain and succeed in high school and beyond.
For clients and families in crisis referred by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
COMPASS' Basketball Team Plays in GBBL Tournament
COMPASS' basketball team played in this year's Greater Boston Basketball League (GBBL) Tournament. Though the team did not win the tournament, they displayed a mature, solid performance. The team had a season record of 10-4 and will continue to improve, potentially contending for the GBBL championship next year.
"I have had the pleasure of working with [a COMPASS family specialist who worked with a 6th grade student at a middle school site]. I have been impressed by his consistent contact with us at school with regard to his client. The relationship has become important to the student and clearly [the COMPASS caseworker] has provided a 'voice' that the student and the mother are able to listen to and understand. He provides encouragement balanced with a realistic dose of what the consequences are for the student. He has been particularly helpful in dealing with the mother who has what appears to be a... mistrust for school personnel. ...I have dealt with many services over my years in the school system. It is gratifying to deal with a service provide like you."
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