Overview and History


We are COMPASS. We have impacted the lives of over 20,000 students, parents and families.

Our mission is to equip those we serve with the skills to become self-sufficient productive members of their communities and society.

COMPASS, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization that provides services to an at-risk population of youth, adolescents and families. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive and individualized educational, stabilization, transition, counseling, support and enrichment services through our school-based and family based programs. Throughout our history, we have maintained a commitment to providing the highest quality services, with an experienced, committed and diverse staff.

COMPASS specializes in providing services to youth and families that have been referred by public systems, including public school districts, and the Department of Children and Families.
Each year we provide services to over 1,000 youth, adolescents and adults.

COMPASS services result in powerful and positive life-changing outcomes for students and families.

Core Values

In its various programs, COMPASS provides services to a wide variety of clients, including children and adolescents, families, public schools and school districts, and other private non-profit and public organizations. We define the quality of the services we provide in terms of the following core values:

  • Respect: We treat everyone in our community with respect
  • Relationships: Our services are based on a foundation of close and caring relationships with our clients.
  • Partnerships: We engage our clients as partners in problem solving.
  • Individualization: We develop interventions and solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of our clients.
  • Capacity Building: We facilitate with our clients the process of developing, as quickly as possible, their own independent capacity to progress and succeed.
  • Teams: We foster a team approach to the delivery of services.
  • Cultural Competence: Our staff members understand, respond to, and embrace the cultural and linguistic diversity among our clients.
  • Timeliness: We respond quickly to the requests of our clients.
  • Reflectiveness: We constantly examine our practice and make adjustments to benefit our clients.
  • Comprehensive: Our programs and services address the full range of client needs.
  • Responsiveness: Our programs constitute a fluid and flexible segment of the public education and human services continuum.
  • Professional Development: We are committed to ongoing transformational professional development, including training, supervision, and ongoing support for our staff.

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294 Bowdoin St. Dorchester, MA 02122