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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.

Anastashia ('Staya')

Anastasia has been a longtime COMPASS student. Like most of our students Staya comes from a troubled background. But now upon graduation she looks forward to a bright future, thanks to her own hard work and perseverance and our staff's insistence that everyone can overcome their circumstances, along with our wrap-around services philosophy. Her recent accomplishments include being awarded the John P.Santry Sportsmanship Award in June of 2008 for her skill and leadership on the basketball court. In June of 2009 she was awarded the Dr. Tom Frank Personal Growth award for her improvement in maturity and focus. Staya has been awarded a full residential scholarship to study automotive mechanics at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.

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Summer School Photography Program

COMPASS School's summer session included a Photography Program sponsored by Newmarket Business Association, which consisted of students taking pictures on outings including The Freedom Trail, Castle Island, the Franklin Park Zoo, and Whale Watching. The students used the pictures they took to construct five sentence paragraphs, to complete history projects, and to write childrens' books.

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COMPASS Welcomes Wider Horizons Intern Gareth McAlinden

COMPASS is happy to welcome Gareth McAlinden, a resident of Ireland, to assist COMPASS School staff in their work with high school aged students. Gareth was one of 21 participants selected for the Wider Horizons Program. He described his placement at COMPASS as a great experience that provided a good opportunity to bond with students through basketball, something that so many of them are good at.

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2014 Violence Prevention Slogans Announced

Each year as part of a "classroom challenge" students are asked to submit slogans that convey violence prevention messages they believe are important. Winning slogan(s) often become part of COMPASS' annual Violence Prevention t-shirt design, which are worn during the Violence Prevention & Recognition Event, being held this year on Wednesday, June 11th.

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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.

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"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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A Parent's Gratitude Letter

"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.

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AmeriCorps' Massachusetts Promise Fellowship awarded to COMPASS

COMPASS is happy to have Kerri Foley join our school staff as a Job Readiness Fellow. The Fellow position at COMPASS was awarded through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship, which is part of the national AmeriCorps program. Kerri will work to enhance current transitional services by developing a job readiness and supported emplyment program. The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship places Fellows who commit to a year of service at non-profit organizations, schools, and city agencies across Massachusetts to create, lead, and manage youth development projects. The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship believes that "all young people in the Commonwealth have a right to the resources that they need to be successful in life, including a caring adult, a safe place, a healthy start, an effective education, and an opportunity to serve... and deliver these 5 promises to youth by training emerging leaders who commit one year of service to support and provide

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2012 Violence Prevention Day

Special recognition was given to the students who created the slogans for COMPASS annual Violence Prevention t-shirt designs. The T-Shirts were worn by all in attendance and provided a wonderful reminder and a powerful visual effect.

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Computer Literacy Programming School-Wide Thanks to The Philanthropic Initiative

COMPASS is happy to announce a grant award in the amount of $40,000 from The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) on behalf of an anonymous foundation sponsoring the Boston Cradle to Career initiative. COMPASS responded to this grant initiative with a focus on the foundation's goal to raise aspirations and enhance skills of young people through literacy programs, youth development programs, career awareness and workforce development, support services and enrichment opportunities for low-income children, youth and young adults in Boston. COMPASS School will be developing computer literacy programming school-wide for grades 1 through 12 with the assistance of this grant award.

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Comprehensive Support and Stabilization: for families in crisis referred by DCF.
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COMPASS School: a special education day school for youth with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities.
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Intensive Support Program: helps high-risk adolescents succeed in school and beyond.
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After School Action Program: remediation and academic enrichment.
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Alternative Education Program: for Boston residents 16-20 who are returning to earn a high school diploma.