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.
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