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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.

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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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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COMPASS and Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids

A letter of thanks from COMPASS to the Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids program was recently quoted in The Ride Report, a newsletter for friends and supporters of the Rodman Ride for Kids:

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"A compass is a tool that helps you find your direction. Well, COMPASS School is the same way. The people at COMPASS... help you find your right direction in life. The reason I'm here is because I used to get into so many fights that I was kicked out of school. If I didn't get into COMPASS I would have been hanging out on the corners all hours of the night. When I got settled in... they got me a job at a college that I've had over a year... Without COMPASS I would not have made it this far."

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After School Action Program Expands to Orchard Gardens K-8

Building on its recent success at Boston's Middle School Academy in Dorchester, COMPASS' After School Action Program (A.S.A.P.) has expanded its services to the Orchard Gardens K-8 School located on Albany Street in Roxbury.

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"ISP has good therapy."

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COMPASS Hosts The Boston Foundation's "Community Connections" Meeting

On Wednesday, September 29th, COMPASS was pleased to host The Boston Foundation's "Community Connections" meeting with stakeholders and leaders in the Bowdoin/Geneva community. The meeting provided an opportunity for representatives from over 20 community civic and nonprofit agencies to discuss and share their concerns with staff from The Boston Foundation, including Paul Grogan, President and CEO, and Robert Lewis Jr., Vice President of Programs. COMPASS Executive Director, John Lydon was joined by Board members and staff in welcoming Bowdoin/Geneva neighbors to our facility. Robert Lewis extended his appreciation to those in attendance with the following message: "I wanted to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend the Community Connections session Wednesday, September 29th and to John Lydon at Compass School for hosting. I appreciated you sharing the opportunities and challenges in the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood and was inspired by your continued commitment to Boston

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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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State Street Grant Enables Vocational Training

Some of our students most significant achievements this year involve the work COMPASS has been able to do (and provide) thanks to the State Street Grant we received last year.

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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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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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After School Action Program: remediation and academic enrichment.

Facebook "Like" Challenge

Get us to 2000 likes by October 24th and an anonymous donor will provide $2000 for 2 Job Ready positions!