The mission of COMPASS for Youth is to coordinate long term solutions for California’s former and current foster care youth by administering support for obstacles in the university education pipeline.
We will achieve this vision by providing one-on-one outreach and prevention methods to high school aged foster care and former foster care youth. We are dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth by cultivating a vibrant community resource that connects youth with the skills, partnerships, and services they need to secure a brighter future- through the upward mobility of a university education.
As youth who have experienced life in inner cities, in foster care, and on the streets, our founders know the power education has to change the trajectory of one’s life. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), COMPASS’ founders entered careers in the education and nonprofit fields. We are passionate about offering a similar educational opportunity for those who could benefit the most: at-risk or homeless, 12 to 24 year-old foster youth.
At a team BBQ
Our team at a fundraising event
A campus tour at UCLA
Lauren receiving an ambassador award from Pierce Los Angeles College