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“The sunday mornin’ gospel goes good with the soul80watts_11_09-FRONTinvite
There’s blues, folk, and country, and rock like a rollin’ stone
The world could come together as one
If everybody under the sun
Add some music to your day”

“Add Some Music to Your Day” -The Beach Boys

Urban Compass has always been a cause that truly impresses me. Giving inner city children the opprotunity to see the activities of a world outside of gang life is a noble one…..

There are children in our city 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.

On Thursday, October 15th Urban Compass will giving a benefit to raise much needed funds for this important and needed organization.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

a_flock_of_seagulls_7_t520Step back into the 80’s and join friends of Urban Compass for a night of music, 80’s video games, and good food and drink. All proceeds benefiting the programs of Urban Compass

Urban Compass is a nonprofit organization in Watts whose main goal is to keep children in school and out of gangs.  Urban Compass provides a safe, welcoming, and innovative environment that challenges youth to envision and navigate a course for a rewarding future characterized by achievement, independent thought, and social responsibility through education, mentoring, and play.

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009pacman2_narrowweb__300x421,0

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: AT&T Center

1150 South Olive Street, 32nd Fl

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tickets:  tickets start at $80

To purchase tickets please contact Theresa Gartland at 323.383.7588 or

tgartland@urbancompass.org

If you can’t attend you can still donate any amount by clicking here

The following list illustrates a few specific ways you can assist Urban Compass with our After-School Program Costs:

  • $100 covers the cost of pencils for the school year
  • $60 covers the monthly cost of fruit
  • $100 covers the monthly cost of arts and crafts
  • $20 covers the monthly cost of disinfecting wipes
  • $20 covers gas money for one field trip
  • $300 covers the cost of St. Michael’s uniforms for the year

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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!

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001_06 I love this organization. Urban Compass does great work. This year they could really use our help. Please donate if you can. Thank you Theresa Gartland for turning me on to such an important cause!

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Seasons Greetings!

Every day, there are children in Watts who choose to walk down a hopeful path towards a brighter future, despite everything they see at home. These children make life changing decisions guided by the positive influence of Urban Compass programs. The children in our program are born into a world where the prevalence of drugs and gang violence is the norm. Urban Compass encourages them to plan for a different future by continually promoting the importance of education and instilling a sense of accountability in our students.

As this year comes to an end, we look back on all of our achievements and enter the new year with great expectations for the continued success of our programs. We are grateful for our important community partnerships with 112th St. Elementary School, St. Michael’s Catholic School, Verbum Dei High School, and South Central Gifted Scholars. It is through these partnerships that Urban Compass achieves our goal of creating a path that offers continuing education from Kindergarten through college.

We enthusiastically plan for Urban Compass to continue to grow and thrive in this upcoming year. Our main goals for 2009 are to dedicate more time and resources to the Middle School Program, increase participant numbers, and to expose our students to more cultural events in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

The holiday season is the time to remember all of our blessings and to share our abundance with those who need more than we do. An end of year contribution enables Urban Compass to continue our work to better the lives of the people we serve. We hope you will join us on our journey to create change in the lives of very deserving children in underserved communities by remembering the Urban Compass family this holiday season.

Warmest wishes,

 

Theresa Gartland                 DeAnthony Langston

Program and Curriculum    Director Community Outreach Director

 

 

Don Morgan     Patrick McNicholas

Founding Board Member   Founding Board Member

Donation may be made online at www.urbancompass.org or mailed to Urban Compass

11100 South Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90059

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