Urban Compass Programs

After-School Program

The Urban Compass after-school program is held every Monday through Friday throughout the school year at Verbum Dei High School.

Summer Camp

Urban Compass offers a 4-week summer camp for students to provide continuity and keeps students engaged in academics, enrichment activities, as well as new, eye-opening field trip experiences.

Field Trips

An integral part of the Urban Compass program is taking participants on regular field trips to expose them to the world that exists outside of the confines of their community, and as forms of positive experiences aimed at helping youth cope with exposure to trauma and violence.

High School & College Volunteer Program

Urban Compass partners with high schools and colleges/universities to engage high-achieving students to serve as daily volunteers and inspirational role models. An integral part to our program success!
Welcome to Urban Compass
Urban Compass was established in 2004 to address the bleak outcomes and combat the dismal statistics affecting children and youth in Watts and South Central Los Angeles. Formed in partnership with Verbum Dei High School and 112th Street Elementary School to combat poverty and violence, Urban Compass is still creating a continuum of academic and support services to keep children in school and out of gangs. Urban Compass focuses on 50 students at a time and supports the same families through each of their crucial elementary school years to improve school attendance, family engagement, homework completion, reading and core academic performance, and create a solid foundation for a successful college pathway!
Help Us Help Others
Your donations can provide much needed services and programming for youth to keep them safe in the often dangerous after-school hours in their community. Help us provide a safe place where they can learn, explore, and participate in fun new experiences.
Programs Offered:
  • After-School Program
  • Field Trips
  • Summer Camp
  • High School & College Volunteer Program
  • Family Engagement & Holiday Support
How Your Donations Help
  • After-School Services & Supplies 60%
  • Summer Camp 30%
  • Field Trips & Transportation 10%
Latest News from Urban Compass

It was truly a Wonderful Night!

Wow! What a night! We thank all of our guests for joining and supporting us on April 27th at the LA River Center and Gardens…and we mean it from the bottom of our hearts!  We are overjoyed at all the love we received as we celebrated our student programs and...

Urban Compass named LMU Community Partner of the Year!

Urban Compass and Executive Director, Xochiltl Bravo, were honored with the Community Partner of the Year award from Loyola Marymount University! Staff and our Crimson Circle friends joined us in being honored at the Riordan Community Service Awards luncheon on April...

Join us for A Night of Wonder on April 27th!

Each year Urban Compass celebrates a music icon or fun genre as we share our work and accomplishments serving the youth of Los Angeles. We hope you will join us in April for another amazing night as we pay tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder and our Urban Compass...