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

Urban Compass Launches 1:1 iPad Program

Thanks to the generosity of The Water Buffalo Club and their partners, Urban Compass will launch a 1:1 iPad program in 2016! This donation includes an iPad for each student! Focusing on reading and math support, Urban Compass will engage students in fun blended...

Celebrating a Decade of Service!

What a wonderful evening under the stars at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens! Our The Best is Yet to Come, Rat Pack-inspired event was a huge success. The Ain’t that a Kick in the Head whiskey tasting, Sammy Davis Jr.’s cigar bar, Luck Be a Lady live auction,...