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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 Partners with Northeastern's Service-Learning Program

COMPASS is pleased to have established a partnership with the Service-Learning Program at Northeastern University's Center of Community Service. Stephanie, our Northeastern student this fall, represents the course Child Intervention and Treatment led by faculty member Emily Mann. Stephanie has been working with School staff member Brandy Crawford, under the supervision of Anne-Carol Malone, to strengthen the school's Violence Prevention programming.

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Impressive Results from ASAP at Orchard Gardens

Photos:Kelly Welch, director of COMPASS' After School Action Program at Middle School Academy smiles as the program begins for the 2012-2013 school year. Ben Rockoff, Director of COMPASS' After School Action Program at Orchard Gardens School in Roxbury, holding one of COMPASS' Violence Prevention backpacks that were distributed to participating students in Grades 6-8.

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"Your staff went above and beyond the call of duty. [Family Specialists] Joanne and Emily helped my daughter and I make many positive changes to improve our lives and our family's well being."

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COMPASS Welcomes Two New Partnerships

Curry College has begun an internship program with COMPASS School for undergraduate students majoring in Criminal Justice. Students will be developing objectives with a college professor and COMPASS to help them to learn more about students who have been involved with the criminal justice system. Currently we have two student interns working in the school, Jennifer and Sara. The Intensive Support Program (ISP) at English High School is hosting a student intern, Lisa, from Northeastern University's Service Learning Program. Lisa's work will be incorporated into her courses at the University. ISP will benefit from direct service help and advice from the student's professors.

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"I wanna thank you for helping me and my family. Thank you for being there when we needed you. Also helping us know that we can love and care for each other and not be afraid. And for helping me to take compliments and for being proud for my self. ... thanks a lot for everything you done. And making me laugh and making everyone else happy. I will keep your advice in my head and use it more often."

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School Overview

A Special Education day school for youth with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities.

COMPASS Participates in Children's League of Massachusetts Advocacy Day Program

Executive Director John Lydon, along with COMPASS School staff and students, participated in the Children's League of Massachusetts Advocacy Day Program at the State House on Feburary 8, 2011. Massachusetts Senate and House representatives spoke to the audience of League members and their constituents, and representatives heard from some of the students in attendance, who shared their hopes for themselves in words and in music.

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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Grant Helps COMPASS School Spice Up Culinary Arts Program

The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from Brown Rudnick LLP, has awarded a Community Grant to the COMPASS to purchase a Point Of Sale (POS) computer system for the COMPASS Café, part of our Culinary Arts Program. The new system will replace an outdated cash register, improving overall efficiency. More importantly, students will learn to use the systems and equipment that are used in most food service establishments, increasing their chances of employment.

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"My best experience since I came to COMPASS... was in the kitchen, working for the COMPASS Café. I learned a lot about all the steps to prepare and serve food and I got paid for it. We had to take turns at all the different positions. I liked to cook but I didn't like being a waiter. Chris helped a lot. He knew how to explain things, from how to chop vegetables to where the ingredients came from and how to measure things. There was a whole system..."

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"I feel the degree of help, concern, and personal attention I received was truly extraordinary and so very helpful... I will always appreciate the excellent guidance I received in not only recognizing my grandson's problems, but how best to deal with them and the resources I could call upon."

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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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