COMPASS Programs make up the
various programs available at David & Margaret dedicated to increasing resources and opportunities for youth facing diverse obstacles as they transition into adulthood through a comprehensive and holistic approach to wellness.
These programs include:
- Permanent Supportive Housing Program
- Transitional Housing Program
- Youth Workforce Training Program
- Compass Point Drop-in Center
COMPASS stands for:
Creating Opportunities and Making Personal Advancements to Self-Sufficiency.
Each program is hand-tailored to meet the individual needs of each youth, focusing not only on their basic needs but forming the skills they need to become independent adults.
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.
This is through no fault of their own. These young people have not been equipped with the proper tools, knowledge, and resources to successfully transition into adulthood. Yes, these youth need to have their basic needs met through housing, food, and clothing; they also need life-skills training, career and employment support, and linkages to resources to truly be ready for life on their own.
For Additional Information, please contact
Marissa Scholefield, COMPASS Director
We are COMPASS
COMPASS Program hosted their quarterly Resource Fair this past Tuesday, focusing on local community organizations with services and programs that promote Intellectual Wellness.
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.
Olivia was placed into foster care at 15 years old. With the support of COMPASS Programs, Olivia used her unfaltering determination to overcome many obstacles. This coming fall, Olivia will be attending California State University of Los Angeles, her dream school where she will pursue a degree in social work so she can support other youth with similar backgrounds.
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, COMPASS Point hosted a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion event in the Drop-In Center last Friday.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Month! In this article, we highlight the correlation between the two topics and address the ways COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret support the mental and overall health of youth with a history of foster care.
Learn more about Mark's journey with the COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services! These programs support young adults with a history of foster care as they work towards independence.
Spring is here and COMPASS in-person events have started once again! Recently, COMPASS Point hosted the Spring Time Celebration, where participants engaged in fun activities, a super yummy lunch, and spend some time getting to know one another!
Aricka, a COMPASS Training Program participant, shares the ways she has grown since joining the program. She has completed various workshops and classes
March is Social Worker Month! David & Margaret has many programs that utilize the expertise of social workers, including COMPASS Programs. Marlene Medina is a social worker in the Transitional Housing Program where she supports youth and young adults with a history of foster care.
In 2019 David & Margaret applied for a grant with AmeriCorps and received funding for four VISTAs to come in and help shape and grow the COMPASS Programs at D&M that provide housing and other supportive services to youth and young adults with a history of foster care also known as Transitional Aged Youth or TAY. The VISTA members have been a huge support in the development of the COMPASS Point Drop-in Center, which is the physical resource center located on campus dedicated to providing essential services to at-risk young adults in this community.