After School

COMPASS Program Models

COMPASS Elementary

The COMPASS Elementary model is a robust design built on lessons learned by DYCD throughout COMPASS' 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 on13 school holidays.


COMPASS Explore is an innovative single-focused project based after school program model designed to support exploration of interests and skill building through projects and creativity in order to foster leadership and cultivate confidence and resilience. COMPASS Explore programs cater to elementary, middle, and high school age youth and operate in center-based or school based settings.


The COMPASS High programs offers a Project Based Learning opportunity to a cohort of 9th and 10th grade students that engages them over an extended period of time to learn and focus on skill building activities and connects with youth interest with opportunities for student voice and choice. By offering counseling and case management, COMPASS High programs are intended to provide encouragement, support and a sense of community to help participants successfully transition from middle school to high school, stay on track through the 10th grade and make the most of their high school experience.

SONYC (School’s Out NYC)

The COMPASS' 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 youth choice in how they spend their time; provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts; and requires youth leadership through service. 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.


In 2015, COMPASS launched a pilot program to service middle school youth in Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and homeless facilities. In collaboration with ACS and the Department of Homeless Services, as well as community-based organizations with a history of 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 a brighter future.