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There are children in our cities who are lost to gangs as early as age six – not out of choice, but for survival. They are caught in a cruel and relentless cycle of poverty, pain and violence. Urban Compass is dedicated to ending this cycle now and replacing it with an environment of hope and a future of possibilities. By guiding our city’s youth along a path paved with education, mentoring, and play, Urban Compass will allow children not simply to survive, but to thrive.

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How was I exposed to this? Theresa Gartland ,A native of the Washington D.C. area, and graduate of Villanova University, Theresa moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University where she received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Theresa Gartland has a passion for working in communities with the greatest need for educators. She participated in the Response-Ability Volunteer teacher program while she earned her degree and lived in a faith-based community in South Los Angeles.

This friend from back east, would tell stories of how early young children were being exposed to gang life . There was very little  place for children in these areas to play safely, let alone learn.

She also told me the incredible story of Co-Director DeAnthony Langston.

deanthonyDeAnthony grew up in Nickerson Gardens and attended 112th Street Elementary. And while many of his boyhood friends ended up in prison or dead, DeAnthony was fortunate. He attended Verbum Dei High School and it changed his life. After college, he played professional basketball in Japan, where he had the opportunity to learn another culture and language. Following his illustrious basketball career, he returned to Watts, to give something back and make a difference.

Parents trust Urban Compass with their children because they trust DeAnthony. He is a role model for
the children. He didn’t join a gang. He graduated from college and traveled around the world. He beat
the odds. He is a living example of what is possible if we give these kids a chance to believe in
themselves and pursue their dreams.

Because of this level of dedication I am an avid supporter of Urban Compass.

The organization is having a great fundraiser where  you can see the ten original portraits in Andy Warhol’s Athletes Series,

courtesy of Richard Weisman, paired with artwork from youth in Watts. Please join them for wine and hors d’oeurves while they celebrate this historic exhibition and support a great cause. Here is all the info…

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Hello Urban Compass Supporters!

We have one month until the Warhol & Watts Art Show at Pharmaka on May 9th. Hopefully we will see all of you at this amazing event.

If you haven’t done so, we urge you to purchase your tickets today! The Urban Compass children are in need of your support.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
Purchase tickets online at: http://www.urbancompass.org
click the *donate* button, then under *designation* enter *Warhol and Watts*
OR
Send checks to:
Urban Compass
11100 South Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Urban Compass phone number: (323) 383-7588

Thanks for your support!

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There are children in our cities who are lost to gangs as early as age six – not out of choice, but for survival. They are caught in a cruel and relentless cycle of poverty, pain and violence. Urban Compass is dedicated to ending this cycle now and replacing it with an environment of hope and a future of possibilities. By guiding our city’s youth along a path paved with education, mentoring, and play, Urban Compass will allow children not simply to survive, but to thrive.

theresa

How was I exposed to this? Theresa Gartland ,A native of the Washington D.C. area, and graduate of Villanova University, Theresa moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University where she received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Theresa Gartland has a passion for working in communities with the greatest need for educators. She participated in the Response-Ability Volunteer teacher program while she earned her degree and lived in a faith-based community in South Los Angeles.

This friend from back east, would tell stories of how early young children were being exposed to gang life . There was very little  place for children in these areas to play safely, let alone learn.

She also told me the incredible story of Co-Director DeAnthony Langston.

deanthonyDeAnthony grew up in Nickerson Gardens and attended 112th Street Elementary. And while many of his boyhood friends ended up in prison or dead, DeAnthony was fortunate. He attended Verbum Dei High School and it changed his life. After college, he played professional basketball in Japan, where he had the opportunity to learn another culture and language. Following his illustrious basketball career, he returned to Watts, to give something back and make a difference.

Parents trust Urban Compass with their children because they trust DeAnthony. He is a role model for
the children. He didn’t join a gang. He graduated from college and traveled around the world. He beat
the odds. He is a living example of what is possible if we give these kids a chance to believe in
themselves and pursue their dreams.

Because of this level of dedication I am an avid supporter of Urban Compass.

The organization is having a great fundraiser where  you can see the ten original portraits in Andy Warhol’s Athletes Series,

courtesy of Richard Weisman, paired with artwork from youth in Watts. Please join them for wine and hors d’oeurves while they celebrate this historic exhibition and support a great cause. Here is all the info…

2009_05_warholtowatts_small

Hello Urban Compass Supporters!

We have one month until the Warhol & Watts Art Show at Pharmaka on May 9th. Hopefully we will see all of you at this amazing event.

If you haven’t done so, we urge you to purchase your tickets today! The Urban Compass children are in need of your support.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
Purchase tickets online at: http://www.urbancompass.org
click the *donate* button, then under *designation* enter *Warhol and Watts*
OR
Send checks to:
Urban Compass
11100 South Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Urban Compass phone number: (323) 383-7588

Thanks for your support!

Read Full Post »