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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 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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State Street Grant Enables Vocational Training

Some of our students most significant achievements this year involve the work COMPASS has been able to do (and provide) thanks to the State Street Grant we received last year.

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"A compass is a tool that helps you find your direction. Well, COMPASS School is the same way. The people at COMPASS... help you find your right direction in life. The reason I'm here is because I used to get into so many fights that I was kicked out of school. If I didn't get into COMPASS I would have been hanging out on the corners all hours of the night. When I got settled in... they got me a job at a college that I've had over a year... Without COMPASS I would not have made it this far."

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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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Ascer

Ascer was at the COMPASS School in October, 1995 when he learned of his brother's death, the result of a violent encounter in Mattapan. This incident and the circumstances under which Ascer learned of his brothers death, reading of it in The Boston Herald, put all our theories about violence prevention to the test. At COMPASS he focused on a newfound exceptional talent: art. Throughout the year, COMPASS staff worked with him, individually, as a team, and in the classroom, providing him opportunities to vent, to create, and to pursue what had once seemed a far-fetched dream - a college education. Some seven months after his brother's death, Ascer himself was on the front page of the Herald, pictured next to this headline: "Through fear and tears he rises up" In the article, Peter Gelzinis, the Herald reporter, recounted the story that had shaken and

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"I am writing this letter to commend the Intensive Support Program staff. Several of my patients are followed at ISP and I feel the program has had a positive impact on each of them. My patients have developed strong relationships with the staff and as a result are doing much better in the school environment. At the Teen Health Center we are committed to ensuring that our patients stay healthy both physically and mentally. We are only able to accomplish this because of strong partnerships with programs like ISP. ISP has been partnering with the Teen Health Center since first coming to English High. For me personally, it has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with ISP over the last year and a half. Thank you all for your continued commitment to our teens."

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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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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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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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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.

Facebook "Like" Challenge

Get us to 2000 likes by October 24th and an anonymous donor will provide $2000 for 2 Job Ready positions!