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Use this as a reminder to commit acts of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Even after the holiday passes, his spirit can carry on. Explore new ways you can give back to your community, involve your family and friends and set attainable goals for yourself.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) affects every community, but youth in foster care are particularly vulnerable. Learn more about how the programs at David & Margaret provide support, training, and healing to youth and families impacted by CSEC.

This January, celebrate National Blood Donor Month by taking steps to go out, roll up your sleeve and give. Set the tone for the month and the rest of the year to live more altruistically.

If you’re ready for fun and flurries this winter season, check out some of these great winter wonderland adventures to try with your family.

This new year, start off right by living more altruistically… for yourself. Establish new, healthy habits and goals to accomplish in 2022.

This time of the year is the perfect reminder to consider your altruistic and giving goals for 2022. Take a look below at some ways you can plan out your 2022 giving strategy, from fundraising to volunteering and random acts of kindness!

While everyone is busy planning their New Year’s resolutions, over 1,100 young adults with a history of foster care in Los Angeles County have been diligently working on exit plans for months to avoid becoming homeless on January 1st, 2022.

While the holidays are about spending time with others and spreading as much cheer as possible, it’s hard to spread cheer if you aren’t feeling great yourself.

For many, the holidays are a time for family to spend time together, partake in traditions, and practice being grateful. For youth in foster care, the holidays can be scary, lonely, and a reminder of the challenges they are facing. While it may not be easy, here are 4 tips for supporting youth in foster care during the holiday season:

How will you help spread the word or give back during Universal Human Rights Month? From volunteering to helping advocate and spread awareness, there are so many ways to get involved.

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services has a long history supporting youth with disabilities and their families. Learn more about how Joan Macy School provides students with the opportunity to succeed, no matter their ability.

It's time to take part in the biggest giving day of the year! Celebrate GivingTuesday whether that be through giving your time, your gifts, talents or monetary contributions. Every gift, both big and small, helps make a difference. 

No matter what holidays you celebrate, that means plenty more good times to be had before we ring in 2022. It also means it’s time to check in with your 2021 goals! From giving to volunteering to kicking a habit you hoped to leave behind, check out these tips to check in with yourself and finish out 2021 strong! 

This partnership greatly expands the ability to provide essential services and programs to children with specialized needs, transitional youth, and young families so that one day they may experience personal independence.

Remember to take care of yourself this holiday season and give back when you can. The spirit of the holiday is all about spending time with the ones you love and giving back where you can! Help spread holiday cheer this year for yourself and others by following these ten steps!

While National Adoption Month is a time of celebration for many families, it can be a time of grief and loss for the young adults who spent the most time in foster care, never getting adopted into a forever family. Although adoption may be nearly impossible, these young adults deserve permanency, stability, and support while they transition out of state services into independent adulthood.

Think about the heroes in your life, whether it’s somebody you know, people in your community or even those across the globe. There are also tons of organizations you could partner with this holiday season to show heroes that you care. Here are some ideas to get you started.

How will you lead with kindness? There are so many ways you can put your best foot forward in the world. Wake up each and every day asking yourself how you can spread kindness in the world.

November is often associated with a time of giving thanks, and this year is no different. In order to get the most out of the month, we’re deeming this as the year to start early. Make the entire month about showing gratitude to those you love, and even strangers.

The spooky season is coming to an end before we know it, but that doesn’t mean we’re over October. Scary doesn’t always have to be bad. Instead, use these final weeks as a reminder to do some scary-good deeds and give back to your community.

Having a strong sense of cultural identity is an important contributor to an individual’s wellbeing. Youth with stronger cultural identities experience lower rates of anxiety, depression, and isolation, as culture can provide a sense of belonging, access to social networks, and support from a community with shared aspirations and values.

In order to lead a truly altruistic life, it’s important to take stock of your own mental health, as well as those around you. There are a ton of free resources and tactics you can use to check-in and improve your mental clarity.

Last month on September 30th, COMPASS Programs held another quarterly resource fair where community partners come together to inform each other of the services and resources available to the young adults in the COMPASS Program. Each quarter focuses on one of the four aspects of wellness: Intellectual, Emotional, Physical, and Social. This time around, the theme centered around Social Wellness, featuring two community colleges, a local boba shop, a wellness center for Transitional Age Youth (TAY), and the La Verne Heritage Foundation.

It’s hard to believe that another month has come and gone. As we enter October and inch closer to the holiday season, year-end giving and volunteering also ramps up.

Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do helps us develop a more informed and inclusive picture for different causes and issues at hand.

While young adults with a history of foster care earn high school diplomas at similar rates to non-foster peers, less than 2% go on to earn a post-secondary degree compared to 22% of the general population. In the past decade since the introduction of Extended Foster Care, a concerted effort has been made to increase post-secondary degree attainment for transitional age youth.

International Day of Peace, recognized on September 21 every year, is the perfect opportunity to promote peace in the world around us.

Spending quality time with those you love is not only good for the soul, it’s a great step toward living an altruistic life. But how do you put the quality in quality time? Check out these ways to make the most of quality time to help you on your journey toward an altruistic lifestyle. 

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, COMPASS Programs is taking time to support our local heroes who keep our communities safe.

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching so quickly. Wasn’t it just 2020, after all? Time flies faster than you think, which is why it’s important to think about your end-of-year giving plan now. 

Life has been hard lately on us all, but September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. It’s a month dedicated to checking in with yourself, being kind to your inner monologue and truly making sure you get what you need to fill up your cup.

Although there are a ton of heavy issues going on in the world today, nonprofit organizations are a bright spot in the world, helping to provide relief and aid to a variety of important causes.

Through housing, educational resources, and financial aid assistance provided by COMPASS Programs, Kayla is on her way to the University of La Verne this fall for a degree in Business - all while running her own nonprofit focused on female empowerment!

When you open yourself up to actively listening, you’ll be surprised at how much you gain in return. Check out these tips to implement active listening into your lifestyle, as well as what you can take away in return!

In the last six months, COMPASS Programs has seen a huge boost in participation following the easing of some COVID restrictions and adapting to best serve the needs of the young adults in the program. With new ways to participate in learning life skills, social events coming back to COMPASS Point, and a boom of new participants, COMPASS Programs supports more youth in more ways than ever.

August 14 is recognized as Financial Awareness Day. You can celebrate by planning your own future, teaching others to plan for theirs or giving back to your community.

When it comes to our world, it’s always a good time to check in with how we can love it back for providing us with a home all these years.

Friday, July 30 is considered International Day of Friendship. Celebrate with these ways you can show the people you love the most just how much they mean to you.

Earning a college degree is a pathway to independence that many young adults aging out of foster care cannot access. The COMPASS Training Program (CTP) provides young adults help with applications, financial aid assistance, tutoring, and monetary compensation for classroom time. By reducing the barriers to post-secondary education, young adults are more likely to obtain higher-paying jobs, stable housing, crucial social skills, and, ultimately, independence.

While normally “back to school” is reserved for children, it turns out that this time of year is important for every age. That’s because you’re never too old to continue learning, and it can help you live up to your true potential in everyday life.

July is Disability Awareness month! For young adults with disabilities in the foster care system, aging out presents unique challenges. Learn about how COMPASS Programs supports youth with disabilities on their journey to independence.

Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean it’s too late to set and achieve big things yet this year. While reevaluating your existing goals, throw in some hard-to-reach newer goals and set your sights high.

Life happens, and focusing on all aspects of your health is easier said than done. Take small steps in each area to start building solid habits!

Making a difference in a child’s life sounds like a daunting task, but small acts of kindness can add up and make a huge difference. Start small, like an hour spent volunteering or mentoring.

Young adults with a history of foster care are two times more likely to be diagnosed with PTSD than military veterans. COMPASS Program's holistic approach to wellness not only provides young adults with access to necessary mental health services but also assists with education and career attainment, stable and affordable housing, life skills training, and more, ensuring a pathway to independence.

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It comes and goes with little warning. The good news is, you can always reignite inspiration when you’re feeling uninspired.

COMPASS Program hosted their quarterly Resource Fair this past Tuesday, focusing on local community organizations with services and programs that promote Intellectual Wellness.

While summer is a time of fun, it can also be a time to help mold amazing qualities, like giving back to the community. Ask your children to choose an activity that also gives back

LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented in a foster care system that often does not meet their needs. COMPASS Programs is devoted to creating a safe, supportive, and affirming environment for all youth, regardless of identity, through a holistic approach to wellness.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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