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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.

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 School Culinary Arts Students Volunteer at Community Servings

COMPASS' Culinary Arts class will be going to Community Servings in Jamaica Plain once a month to volunteer. Community Servings, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, business, and corporate sponsors, and a dedicated staff and board members, prepare and deliver 7,500 lunches and dinners each week to the homes of almost 775 individuals and families who are homebound with acute life-threatening illnesses.

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"ISP was like family when my family wasn't there for me. I trusted my Caseworker: she was the only one I trusted, and I talked to her and took her advice, even when it didn't look like I was listening."

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COMPASS Students Volunteer at Local Businesses

The Transition Team at COMPASS is pleased to announce the placement of several of our Vocational students in volunteer positions throughout the greater Boston area. These placements range all the way from the zoo to the kitchen!! We are so proud of these students and we appreciate the tremendous amount of support from these local businesses. Thank You!

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"ISP is the flower of the future."

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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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COMPASS Welcomes AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Sabeta Jarba

The COMPASS School welcomes AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Sabeta Jarba to the program! Her role will be to develop and co-implement a curriculum for the Building Maintenance and Repair (BMR) program. This will include ensuring the program meets OSHA standards, and coordinating apprenticeships, job shadowing, internships, and job opportunities for students

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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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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 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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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.