Los Angeles Sentinel and the Orange County Business Journal Chronicle Urban Compass’ 10-Year Anniversary
Co-founded by Partner Patrick McNicholas in 2005, the nonprofit organization Urban Compass celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. Urban Compass’ initial mission was to serve Watts, one of the lowest-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and formulate programs targeted at troubled and at-risk youth. As featured in the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Orange County Business Journal, Urban Compass proudly continues to be a beacon of light for many residents of impoverished neighborhoods.
“We went to one of the most difficult neighborhoods in the country and were able to find dedicated volunteers to create an organization that has not only been supportive and successful of the community that it’s in, but it is also a model that can be replicated easily throughout the state and the country,” said Mr. McNicholas. “We have had a successful 10 years of academic help and social engagement in a non-threatening environment, which is unusual for kids that come from that kind of pressure-cooker atmosphere”.
In partnership with Verbum Dei High School and Loyola Marymount University, Urban Compass has served more than 300 students from kindergarten through fifth grade by providing after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment activities. The future remains bright for Urban Compass as Mr. McNicholas looks to expand the program to reach more children throughout California.