COMPASS FOR KIDS
About COMPASS FOR KIDS
Compass is currently serving five schools within Springfield School District 186: Black Hawk, Dubois, Graham, Harvard Park, and McClernand. Each school Compass serves is paired with two or more community partners. Community partners host the Compass site for their neighborhood school. Community partners are often churches, but can also be civic groups or local businesses. As a team, the community partners work together to provide the program location, volunteers, snack, dinner, and supplies.
Each Compass after-school site has the same major components: snack, an evidence-based social-emotional curriculum lesson, academic time, Life Skills classes, and a healthy, family-style dinner. A Compass site director oversees and manages the after-school site, acts as the liaison between the school, students, volunteers, and parents, and ensures a structured, consistent, high-quality program experience. The program is otherwise staffed by dedicated, loving volunteers who serve as classroom helpers and mentors to the children.
Compass is free to participating students. All students are selected and referred by their school based on eligibility criteria.SummerCamp Compass is a free summer program for at-risk elementary students of Springfield School District 186. Camp Compass is designed to improve reading and math skills to prevent learning loss over the summer months. Camp Compass is an academic intervention where licensed teachers instruct the students three hours per day, five days per week, for the six weeks of camp.
Camp Compass incorporates enrichment activities and field trips to create a fun camp-like environment. Mornings are reserved for academics while afternoons are filled with a wide array of activities coordinated around a weekly theme (such as STEM, the Arts, Sports, Healthy Living). Transportation, breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided.Backpack FeedingThe Backpack Feeding Program is a partnership between Compass, HSHS St. John's Hospital, and the Central Illinois Foodbank. The program sends home food with the children in Compass for over the weekend. Our goal is to provide each child with two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks, and two dinners.
Children in Springfield School District 186 receive free breakfast and lunch at school, but many of them do not have access to food (or nutritious food) during out-of-school hours. We believe our kids need healthy food so they can grow into healthy adults!
The Backpack Feeding Program is an add-on to our after-school programs and our summer program, Camp Compass. Thanks to a grant from the Young Philanthropists at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, we will be piloting the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project in the 2017-18 school year at Black Hawk Elementary School.