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COMPASS REACHES TEENS COUNTYWIDE Amanda Canete, Youth Program Coordinator As we head into Compass’ 4th year facilitating Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®), it is important to reflect on all that has been accomplished. Wyman was founded in 1898 in St. Louis, Missouri with the original purpose of providing children in sweltering residences with fresh air, nutritional food, and outdoor activities. The Teen Outreach Program® is an evidencebased curriculum that empowers teens with the tools and opportunities needed to avoid risky behaviors and become leaders with a powerful vision for their future. TOP has the ability to inspire community-level change through community service learning opportunities and dramatically reduce teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates. The teens of Compass’ Teen Outreach Program® have completed over 500 community service hours this past year that directly affected the local community. One of the biggest impacts that TOP delivers is providing a variety of opportunities to not

only the teens that come to Compass but, the teens that are in TOP clubs at their middle and high schools. Through our partnership with Wyman and Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, Compass provides youth empowerment programming within Palm Beach County Schools to students who otherwise would not have access to Compass or our services. Having the capability to go into public schools and cultivate a sense of community, leadership, equality, and compassion is something we only dreamt about 24 years ago when Compass first received funding to provide services to LGBT youth and families. I have seen TOP clubs make a significant impact on many young people’s lives and am excited for the next generation of future leaders. For more information about Compass’ Youth Program, contact


Compass Staff with MCC of the Palm Beaches Bill Meissner Food Pantry volunteers Photo Courtesy of Wanesco Images

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Compass’ Pride Business Alliance November mixer took place at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Compass hosts a traveling business mixer as part of its Pride Business Alliance, each month. The Pride Business Alliance, formed in 2005, was founded with the initial goal of providing the community with a safe directory of LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly businesses and resources. All are welcome to attend the monthly mixers to connect with other like-minded businesses and professionals. Nearly 200 people attended the November mixer, which took place at the worldrenowned National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Compass’ Pride Business Alliance hosted a food drive to benefit the Bill Meissner Food Pantry at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches (MCCPB). Each month, the MCC of the Palm Beaches’ Bill Meissner Food Pantry feeds 1,500 people in need. “Compass’ Pride Business Alliance members brought dozens and dozens of bags of food - enough to fill 2 cars heading to the Bill Meissner food pantry at MCC of the Palm Beaches,” Adrienne Percival, Compass’ Business Development Associate noted, “We’re proud to engage our Pride Business Alliance members in supporting this tremendous resource to the community in Palm Beach County.” For more information about Compass Community Center or the Pride Business Alliance, visit or email

Compass Directions Fall 2015  

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