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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

Intellectual Wellness Resource Fair

This past Tuesday, COMPASS Programs hosted their quarterly Resource Fair centered around Intellectual Wellness. For the first time since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, participants had the option to attend the event in person as well as virtually through Zoom. Five participants viewed presentations from six community partners in the COMPASS Point living room.

Six community partners, including Citrus College, the LA County Library, Mt. San Antonio College, American Beauty College, Tri-Community Adult Education, and Tri-City Mental Health Services, joined with COMPASS Programs to share the various resources and programs available to transitional aged youth that promote education, skill development, and mental wellbeing.

The young adults in attendance learned about several local community colleges that offer low-to-no-cost programs for associates degrees, certifications for a multitude of career paths, life skills, and hobbies. Participants were also introduced to the wealth of resources available at LA County Public Libraries, including a robust and free curriculum centered around job attainment taught by a host of industry professionals that can be accessed in-person or on their YouTube channel. The library also loans out laptops and hotspots for up to six weeks! Tri-City Mental Health Services discussed opportunities to get involved working in mental health through their service-learning program where young adults can gain hands-on experience in the field and explore different aspects of the system.

COMPASS Programs would like to extend a huge thanks to all the wonderful organizations who presented at the Intellectual Wellness Resource Fair! It is incredible to see how much work the community is doing and how COMPASS participants can benefit. We look forward to our continued partnership and are excited for our next Resource Fair in September focused on Social Wellness!

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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