After School

COMPASS Program Models

  • The COMPASS-Elementary model is a robust design built on lessons learned by DYCD throughout COMPASS’s history and caters to the whole child from Kindergarten through 5th grades. Beyond STEM, COMPASS programs strive to integrate literacy into all instruction; offers homework help, basic arts instruction and physical activity, including nutritional programming to promote healthy living. COMPASS programs are offered 3 hours each day, 5 days per week including and on 13 school holidays during the school year. Services are also offered during the summer.


  • SONYC for School’s Out NYC is the COMPASS’ middle school model that serves as a pathway to success for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Structured like clubs, the model offers youth choice in how they spend their time; provides rigorous instruction in sports, arts and youth leadership. NYC becomes the classroom through trips and opportunities for instruction beyond the traditional facilities. Programs are offered 3 hours each day, 5 days per week during the school year. Services are also offered during the summer months at some locations.


  • SONYC Pilot, In 2015, COMPASS launched a pilot program to service middle school youth in ACS and homeless facilities. There are 7 Pilots programs that are located at DHS, Secure Detention (SD) and Non-Secure Detention Facilities (NSD) providing support and services to youth involved in justice system. In collaboration with the Administration for Children Services and the Department of Homeless Services as well as community-based organizations with history working with these populations, DYCD is offering tailored programming to cultivate supportive relationships, work with adolescents to stay on track, and foster optimism. Ultimately, we hope to stimulate curiosity, nurture talents, broaden horizons, build resilience, and encourage youth to visualize brighter futures.


  • COMPASS-High is designed to help incoming high school ninth graders (freshman) navigate their new surrounding and to matriculate to tenth grade. In addition to advocacy within the community, the COMPASS-High model offers targeted academic, social, and emotional supports. Program hours are specific to each school.


  • COMPASS-Explore allows providers more flexibility to tailor their programs to different audiences throughout the city. Its programs are as varied as exploration and preparation for legal careers to boat building.