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.
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.
"Over the years I have collaborated with ISP on many occasions. They have consistently played a major part in the student support team and in helping students achieve their goals. For many of their participants they are much more than an in-school support system; they are a family. I always look forward to visiting their space and observing the good work they do. Thanks ISP for all you do!!"
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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.
ISP Student Story: Z.
Z. was referred to COMPASS' Intensive Support Program at English High School soon after arriving from the Dominican Republic. T., an ISP staff member, began working with Z. and started to understand some of his learning challenges. An evaluation, done with the support of his parents, indicated that Z. was cognitively low in content areas, and performing several levels below his 9th grade placement. Z. was shy, respectful of others, and had limited English language skills. T. worked to ensure that Z. received bilingual special educations services in all content areas and worked with him unceasingly to ensure he understood and completed classroom assignments. Z. began to demonstrate a quiet pride in his accomplishments, and his self confidence increased. This year Z. got a job at Stop & Shop, a dream come true for him, as he was able to financially assist his family; he was a great
For clients and families in crisis referred by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
"I think u really changed my life, thank u for everything, i'm not gonna go back to the old me."
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2010 Washington DC Trip
The Annual 'Kip Sowpel' Washington DC trip kicked off in late June with a Washington Nationals baseball game. Students were filled with excitement during the long road trip down, talking about the different things they wanted to do and see. The six students chose several museums and monuments to explore while in Washington. Some highlights included a trip to the National Zoo, the International Spy Museum, the American Art Museum, and a night tour of the National Mall and Monuments. Students marveled over seeing the White House and Capitol Buildings, asking questions and taking advantage of photo opportunities. The trip concluded with a nice dinner out where everyone joked, laughed, and shared stories of their favorite parts to the trip.
COMPASS Holiday Appeal
Throughout the year COMPASS is asked to help with basic needs or emergency assistance for our students and families - help that truly makes a difference in their lives.
"I feel that Lamar has made good progress since being followed by Brian (COMPASS Family Specialist). Lamar is beginning to see that he must take responsibility for his actions and that he must be held accountable for his actions. It would be wonderful if Lamar could continue seeing Brian for a longer period of time. ...I feel that with more time, Lamar will be better able to make the right decisions about what is right and what is wrong with more independence. It has been a pleasure working with Brian and seeing the improvements in Lamar's ability to make better decisions in general."
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