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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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One of these guys is going to end up YOUR President of the United States! So many of us complain about what we DON’T want! This is a time to have a voice for what you DO want. If you are anti-war…. vote for the candidate who is pro-peace! If you want better healthcare reform vote for the person who wants affordable healthcare. The choice is up to you.

There are so many negative posts about Obama and McCain (some are downright nasty). It makes one want to walk away from the media B.S., have a Pop-Tart and a diet Faygo rather than vote.

This election has forced the Democrats and the Republicans to really listen to what the average person wants! Not just the select few (who usually decide these political outcomes).

There are some out there who believe the average American doesn’t have the political background to make a well-informed decision.  So read what you can, view what you can, read blogs, newspaper articles, watch the networks, CNN, MSNBC, & Fox News.

The political hierarchy is watching to see if the average American is concerned about this election, but lets take this one step further.  Folks, whenever you can, wherever you can, vote on the LOCAL level also.  Voting for representatives in your own community is just as important if not more than the big elections.

Young Americans, you could make or break this Presidential election.  You have a voice that will echo for decades to come.  So Register.  Vote.  Vote!

It is my hope that we have record turn outs for this election.  Pass it on.  Tell others to register now.

The positive aspect of any election is the right to be heard with your vote.

The more who vote the louder the voice!

P.S. my apologies to the makers of diet Faygo.

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One of these guys is going to end up YOUR President of the United States! So many of us complain about what we DON’T want! This is a time to have a voice for what you DO want. If you are anti-war…. vote for the candidate who is pro-peace! If you want better healthcare reform vote for the person who wants affordable healthcare. The choice is up to you.

There are so many negative posts about Obama and McCain (some are downright nasty). It makes one want to walk away from the media B.S., have a Pop-Tart and a diet Faygo rather than vote.

This election has forced the Democrats and the Republicans to really listen to what the average person wants! Not just the select few (who usually decide these political outcomes).

There are some out there who believe the average American doesn’t have the political background to make a well-informed decision.  So read what you can, view what you can, read blogs, newspaper articles, watch the networks, CNN, MSNBC, & Fox News.

The political hierarchy is watching to see if the average American is concerned about this election, but lets take this one step further.  Folks, whenever you can, wherever you can, vote on the LOCAL level also.  Voting for representatives in your own community is just as important if not more than the big elections.

Young Americans, you could make or break this Presidential election.  You have a voice that will echo for decades to come.  So Register.  Vote.  Vote!

It is my hope that we have record turn outs for this election.  Pass it on.  Tell others to register now.

The positive aspect of any election is the right to be heard with your vote.

The more who vote the louder the voice!

P.S. my apologies to the makers of diet Faygo.

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Sunday, back in D.C. and hanging out with a lot of old friends and loving it!

It seemed that I was surrounded by a sea of loving, gifted, and creative energy. People living by example and not opininon. Especially my old childhood friend Tony Powell. Tony’s energy was positive, almost contagious! He eagerly wanted to sop up every aspect of positivity around him, and convert it into “life excitement”.

This is definitely a man who made a clear decision to embrace family and friends, using them as a pool of wisdom AND knowledge.

He’s even been dubbed “a 21st Century Renaissance Man” by the Washington Post.  Powell is a choreographer, composer, painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and writer.

He is a 1995 graduate of the Juilliard School and directed his own dance company, Tony Powell/Music & Movement, for 10 years. This native Washingtonian has won numerous awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for his choreography, and his 4th String Quartet received the first ever Metro DC Dance Award for Original Music.

He has written three scores for the Internationally-renowned Parsons Dance Company, and he has created over 100 ballets for companies including The Joffrey Ballet, The Washington Ballet, The Maryland Youth Ballet, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Manassas Dance Company, and Odyssey Dance Theater.

His largest commissioned piece, Contredanse, for 18 dancers of Odyssey Dance Theatre, premiered in March 2007. “Impulse,” his most recent work for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago was selected to illustrate the cover of the August 2007 issue of Dance Magazine. He currently has commissions to create works for Philadanco, the Ailey School , and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company in Denver, Colorado.

Support for the creation of his work has come from The Cafritz Foundation, The Washington Post Company, The Meyer Foundation, Verizon, Philip Morris, The Mead Family Foundation, Allesee Family Foundation, The Dreyfus Foundation, and The Philip L. Graham Fund, among others. He has taught ballet and modern dance techniques at The Washington School of Ballet, The Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet, Towson University, Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, Manassas School of Dance, Joy of Motion, Feet First, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Jones Haywood School of Ballet. Also Tony has a new blog http://wwww.tonypowell.wordpress.com its a work in progress.. and it may already be up and running as I type this.

Once again Tony, good luck on all your ventures! It has been a pleasure and most of all….FUN!

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