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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 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.

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For clients and families in crisis referred by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

AEP Overview

An alternative education program for students aged 16-20 who have dropped out of school and are returning to earn a high school diploma.

AmeriCorps Progress Report

COMPASS School's Transitional Services Coordinator and teacher, Wallace Hurd, and Kerri-Ann Foley, our Massachusetts Promise Fellow / AmeriCorps Fellow, have been working throughout this academic year on the following services with students:

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Adilson Gomes Centeio came to us in May, 2003, as a troubled young man who spoke only Cape Verdean Creole and a little Portuguese. Due to misunderstood behaviors and a misdiagnosed illness, he spent nearly two years in a hospital for mentally ill patients. Adilson left the hospital in the care of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), without friends or family, and moved to a shelter for homeless adults with mental health challenges. He was isolated and alone, unable to speak English, and a stranger to phones and the T. In June 2006, Adilson proudly graduated with a full-time job lined up, and he continues to study English as a Second Language. He was very excited about completing the final steps for his US citizenship on June 20. Adilson had many challenges to overcome, and we were able to bring together the support he needed. Through

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COMPASS: Year at a Glance Report

COMPASS recently mailed its 2011 At a Glance update, an end of fiscal year report for our stakeholders. We present the same information here...

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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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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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"I found it easy to get used to things here. I just kept doing what I had to do. You just have to do your best and make it work."

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Good News for Computer Capital Project

In January 2011 COMPASS launched this campaign to raise funds to purchase computers and software to replace old equipment.

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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.