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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 Receives Grants from Boston and Greater Boston Foundations and Corporations

COMPASS is pleased to announce recent grant awards from a number of Boston area organizations, foundations, and government agencies, including:

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"When my son... was having emotional difficulties in his early school years, COMPASS and its faculty were the only ones to really care about a child's education. They were devoted to giving these children an education by helping them overcome their problems. They are caring and loving people whom really came across to me as being there to truly help and not just for a paycheck. Thanks to COMPASS, my son has gone to college and become an outstanding young man. They even influenced him to follow a career path in helping other youths that may be headed down the wrong roads of life. They are amazing!"

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Computer Literacy Programming School-Wide Thanks to The Philanthropic Initiative

COMPASS is happy to announce a grant award in the amount of $40,000 from The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) on behalf of an anonymous foundation sponsoring the Boston Cradle to Career initiative. COMPASS responded to this grant initiative with a focus on the foundation's goal to raise aspirations and enhance skills of young people through literacy programs, youth development programs, career awareness and workforce development, support services and enrichment opportunities for low-income children, youth and young adults in Boston. COMPASS School will be developing computer literacy programming school-wide for grades 1 through 12 with the assistance of this grant award.

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Both Pedro and his older brother graduated with us, and his family has been very active with the school by cooking for various events, reaching out to parents and attending all of our functions. Pedro graduated in June 2009. In June 2007 Pedro was awarded a scholarship to travel to England as part of a youth ambassador group called "People to People." He has continued find ways to help fund his own education, as the recipient of a full scholarship to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Boston. He won a significant portion of that money in a statewide cooking contest.

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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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CSS at Hoop Dreams

Community Support Services clients and staff attended ABCD's Hoop Dreams basketball fundraising event at The Garden. 12 teams from Boston's leading corporations had the opportunity to play one another in a series of basketball games on the legendary parquet floor! Games were coached by Boston Celtic Coach Doc Rivers and Boston Globe sportswriter Bob Ryan.

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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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"ISP = hope. This program allows our students to succeed by understanding [their] needs. ISP develops a trusting relationship which then grows into a mentoring relationship. I love this program."

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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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2012 Violence Prevention Day

Special recognition was given to the students who created the slogans for COMPASS annual Violence Prevention t-shirt designs. The T-Shirts were worn by all in attendance and provided a wonderful reminder and a powerful visual effect.

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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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