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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.


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


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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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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My job has introduced me to many fascinating people. People with vision. Folks who truly want to bring forth change. Theresa Gartland is one of them. I met Theresa a few years ago at my office with a few of her friends. She had a warm, even angelic sweetness to her. I asked her what she was doing in her life. She responded ” I work as a teacher in L.A.”. I thought Santa Monica or something similar. “Where?” I asked. “Compton”. I looked at Theresa, she seemed to have more in common with suburbia than the inner city. I asked her why. She replied “I want to help”…straight and to the point. Her dream is to help others achieve their dreams.

Guiding Youth Toward a Hopeful Future

Theresa is now part of Urban Compass.

Urban Compass was formed in partnership with Verbum Dei High School and 112th Street Elementary School to combat poverty and violence and make a difference in the lives of children in Watts. Together they capture children
at a very volatile age and offer an alternative model for them: an environment that challenges our young people
to envision a rewarding future.

Urban Compass operates after school and summer programs at Verbum Dei High School to serve
students from 112th Street Elementary School and Sage Child Care Center. They provide tutoring
support, enrichment activities and field trips to keep the children engaged in a positive learning
experience – and off the streets.

Very important stuff. Giving kids the chance to enhance their lives in an environment that supports them.

In July, Urban Compass held a four-week summer camp for 15 students.
Participants and family members went on field trips each day; including
excursions to the Los Angeles Zoo, California Science Center, Hollywood
Bowl, and Cabrillo Aquarium.
The summer camp culminated at Mater Dei High
School, where Urban Compass participants spent a week with Mater Dei
students participating in academic, artistic, and athletic activities. This
program will be expanded next year to engage additional kids from Watts in
programs that keep them out of trouble through the summer months.

I am very supportive of this organization and the good they do. Volunteer opportunities are available for groups and individuals. In order to provide a stable presence in our participants’ lives, they ask that all volunteers commit to at least a semester of service (usually five months). Actual volunteer duties will be assigned in conjunction with interests and expertise. Ongoing training is provided. Background checks are required to work with children. For more information, please contact Urban Compass at (323) 383-7588.

Please feel free to donate online http://partners.guidestar.org/controller/searchResults.gs?action_donateReport=1&partner=networkforgood&ein=20-2438382

Thanks Theresa, for telling me about this wonderful non-profit. Keep up the good work!

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