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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.

COMPASS Board Member's Homage to Mayor Menino

COMPASS board member Dave Manzo wrote a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe reflecting on Mayor Menino's decision to not run for reelection. The letter was published in the March 30th edition of the paper:

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ISP Overview

An intensive support program to help high-risk adolescents remain and succeed in high school and beyond.


"My family has been involved with COMPASS for a few months now. Since we've been involved this program has taught us how to effectively communicate with respect for each other, [to] understand that everyone has boundaries, [that] planning things out makes a much happier household, [and] bridging the gap between the school and the children leads to a successful outcome. It is my plan to stay with them for as long as we can."

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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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COMPASS Students Learning Through Urban Gardening

SLUG - Students Learning Through Urban Gardening - a program generously funded by Boston Natural Areas Network, is now up and running at COMPASS! High school students in the 9th - 12th grade and the vocational program have been busy planting, watering, and caring for seeds, sprouts, and beanstalks! There is much excitement for SLUG, and students often can be seen misting baby plants with water and getting their hands dirty. Worms are also a part of our curriculum, and students have maintained a worm bin for several weeks now! We hope to expand the worm program by feeding the worms vegetable refuse from the culinary arts program soon! The Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), an urban open space preservation and stewardship organization, has started this new program in urban school-based vegetable gardening. The program provides participants with training and support, a SLUG Handbook relating curriculum

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Summer School Joins with Habitat for Humanity

4 COMPASS high school students worked with the Boston Area Habitat for Humanity Program this summer, helping to construct a garage door and ceiling in low income housing in Dorchester. Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, Inc. is a Massachusetts charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to building simple low-cost homes by forming partnerships with low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing. The organization believes that homeownership is a vital step to help families break the cycle of poverty and contributes to pride in families and communities.

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"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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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