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COMPASS Programs

Creating Opportunities and Making Personal Advancements to Self Sufficiency 

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:

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 

COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org 
909-596-5921 x3625

COMPASS Training Program Spotlight: Aricka

The COMPASS Training Program (CTP) is one of the few programs in California to offer individualized support to extended and former foster youth on their educational and career journeys. The CTP exists to support Transitional Aged Youth (TAY), or young adults aged 18-25, as they are adapting to adulthood with resources like life skills training, paid internships, academic scholarships, tutoring, 1:1 counseling for school, or work, and more. 

Aricka has been in the foster care system since she was four years old and, like many other TAY aging out of foster care, came to David & Margaret when she began her transition to independent adulthood. As a part of COMPASS’s Permanent Housing Program, she has access to all the services and resources the CTP has to offer. With the help of the program, Aricka was able to explore her interest in working with children. She went on to work at the Boys and Girls club and gained experience leading activities for kids and assisting them with their daily needs. 

By gaining experience in her field of interest, Aricka was able to make the decision to obtain an Early Childhood Education certificate from a local community college. The CTP helped Aricka apply to the program and assisted with funding for tuition and necessary materials. While in the process of obtaining her certificate, Aricka worked with the children in David & Margaret’s Foster Care and Adoption Agency (FFA) providing care, assisting children and staff, and gaining more experience for her future career in early childhood education. 

The on-campus paid work offered through the CTP makes the program unique. Participants are able to gain paid experience in retail, food service, maintenance, and childcare concurrently with other services they receive from COMPASS, like housing and case management. 

On her experience working with the FFA Aricka mentions, “[the FFA] had me doing things I never thought I would do” which has been helpful in her current search for a job. “So many jobs require years of experience” she stated, noting that the CTP has helped her gain some of that experience which will help her secure an employment position in the future. 

Aricka has aspirations of going back to school for a degree in child development and is currently interviewing for jobs at local preschools and daycares. From her experience in the CTP, she has learned how to create a resume, how to dress appropriately, and has obtained interview skills. About the CTP, Aricka shares, “[CTP] actually get[s] you ready for when you go out [in the world]. They take time helping you and they don’t give up.”

COMPASS Programs and the CTP are proud to support TAY like Aricka and look forward to all the incredible things they will accomplish when given the tools to succeed!

If you'd like more information on how you can join the COMPASS programs, please contact COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org 

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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