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COMPASS Programs

Creating Opportunity and Making Personal Advancements to Self Sufficiency 

COMPASS Programs make up the

various services available at David & Margaret dedicated to supporting youth & young adults who have aged out or are aging out of foster care. 

C.O.M.P.A.S.S. stands for Creating Opportunity and Making Personal Advancements to Self-Sufficiency. 

For youth in foster care, the abrupt transition into adulthood can be detrimental. The second these young adults “age out” they are expected to navigate through society; successfully and independently.

Statistically speaking, and from the data we’ve collected in our own experience, this requirement proves to be an impossible task for most former foster youth.

  • 1 in 2 youth who age out of foster care end up incarcerated or face immediate homelessness.
  • 47% face unemployment
  • 1 in 3 face food insecurities
  • 1 in 4 don’t graduate from high school

This is through no fault of their own. These young people have not been equipped with the proper tools & knowledge to become self-sufficient.

Every youth who has been through foster care has experienced trauma and many have moved schools and households often, hindering their ability to learn invaluable life lessons.

Yes, these youth need to have their basic needs met through housing, food, and clothing, but they also need life skills training and linkages to resources to truly be ready for life on their own.

For Additional Information, please contact  

Marissa Scholefield, COMPASS Director 
COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org 
909-596-5921 x3625

We are COMPASS

COMPASS Point Drop-In Center hosted a Mental Wellness Virtual Information Session for Transitional Age Youth in our community earlier this month. With the stay-at-home orders and increasing virus spread it is more important than ever to know where to find resources to help support your mental wellness during this challenging time.

David and Margaret’s Compass Point Drop-in Center for Transitional Age Youth hosted it’s first Preview Day and Resource Fair.  It was a successful event with about 54 guests in attendance.

Miles came to the D&M Transitional Housing Program (THP) in March of 2019. He was eager to make changes in his life but really didn’t know where to start or who could help him.

COVID-19 update with Wayne Wolcott

Get to know Wayne Wolcott, Transitional Housing Program Supervisor & passionate advocate for youth and young adults with a history of foster care!

Dave & Maggie's Cafe debuts art exhibit by youth with a history of foster care

Starting this month, the walls at Dave and Maggie's Café will feature art by young adults who are part of the Transitional Housing Programs.

Maria was born into the foster system, living with a variety of foster families and attending many schools. “My experience? It was good, all my social workers were nice, friendly...

Meet 19-year-old Luis Torres and you can feel energy radiating from him like heat. He seems excited about pretty much everything, even leaving his apartment at 5 a.m. to get to his new job at the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps in Pomona.

The Henry Kuns Award recognizes a youth aging out of foster care for their accomplishments on the path to independent living. This is the inaugural year of the Henry Kuns Award, and we are thrilled that Karina Barrios is the first recipient. 

Rayann is 24 years old, lives in her own apartment, has her own car, and has more than 3 months of expenses in her savings account. She works two jobs to make sure it stays that way. Pretty impressive, but its even more impressive when you learn more about her.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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