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!

We’re headed to Pico-Union!

We are excited to announce our new location! Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, Urban Compass will replicate its winning program formula in the Pico-Union community! Starting with an inaugural cohort of students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade, Urban Compass will offer top-notch after-school and summer programs at St. Thomas the Apostle School, while partnering with the talented, college-bound students of the neighboring Loyola High School campus and local college students to enhance student outcomes and offer valuable support, homework help, and positive mentorship for elementary students.
Check out the video to learn more about this amazing community and our new school partnerships!

Support Urban Compass kids in Pico-Union!

Make a donation today to support our new program location!

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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 is pointed towards Pico-Union!

In the 2017-2018 school year, Urban Compass will replicate its winning program formula in the Pico-Union community! Beginning with an inaugural cohort of students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade, Urban Compass will offer top-notch after-school and summer...

It was A Supreme Evening!

More event photos! Thank you for your support of A Supreme Evening with Urban Compass on April 27th! It was a wonderful night celebrating Urban Compass kids and programs at the beautiful LA River Center and Gardens! From music, fun Diana Ross and The Supremes tribute,...

Save the Date for A Supreme Evening!

Our annual spring gala is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for “A Supreme Evening” on April 27, 2017 at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens. Each year, Urban Compass celebrates its youth programs while paying tribute to a music icon....