COMPASS NYC's middle school model also known as SONYC for School’s Out NYC serves as a pathway to success for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Structured like clubs, the model offers young people a choice in how they spend their time; provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts; and requires youth leadership through service. The City itself becomes a classroom through trips and opportunities for instruction beyond a traditional learning setting. Programs are offered three hours each day, five days per week.
In 2015, COMPASS launched a pilot program to service middle school youth in ACS and homeless facilities. 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.