We are relentless in our pursuit of our youths’ well-being.

For more than 25 years, COMPASS Youth Collaborative has supported and mentored thousands of Hartford’s at-risk youth, helping them overcome obstacles, solve problems and forge a path for success. What began as a drop-in center, established by seven local teenagers looking for a safe place to hang out, has grown into a $3.5 million agency reaching hundreds of youths every year.

“If not for COMPASS, I would be in jail right now. Instead I am enrolled at Manchester Community College studying electrical engineering.”


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As the needs of the community changed, our focus and programs evolved. Today, we are called upon by Hartford Public Schools, Hartford Police, social service organizations, and other community-based organizations to help high-risk young people attain the skills they need to succeed.

However, our success has more to do with why and how we work than just about what we do.

We help youth become positive community members and succeed in education, employment, and life by forging strong relationships, mentoring, and providing support and opportunities. And we never give up, even when a youth has given up on themselves. At COMPASS, we work with our youth to change how they see the possibilities in life and their sense of self-worth.

We believe that youth development is a shared effort. Youth, families, schools, and communities must work together to create the conditions for success. That’s why “collaborative” is in our name. Working one-on-one and through interconnections, we help our youth focus on reaching their goals. The young people in our program know they are not alone and have a community to help them be successful.