WELCOME!

Compass has welcomed hundreds of amazing Valparaiso University student volunteers over the past seven years. This last spring a group of students used Compass as the focus of their marketing final project. They made an amazing video that helps share ways that Compass is impacting our diverse group of students. Take a moment and watch their outstanding work!

UPCOMING EVENTS

End-of-Year Celebration:
After a year of hard work learning English, doing homework, or attaining your US Citizenship, we want to take some time to celebrate your efforts. Please join us for our annual celebration, and bring the family! We'll enjoy some food, fellowship, and a lot of fun activities - including bounce houses and more!        Thursday, May 17th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Volunteer Appreciation Night:
We are incredibly thankful for all of the hard work you have done to care for our Compass families this year. Many of you have volunteered well over 50 hours, and have done the same in previous years! We are incredibly thankful for all that you do, and want to treat you to an evening for you and your family to relax and connect with one another. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 22nd, (location is to be determined).

               Questions? Email: jburkman@compassifc.org

TESTIMONIALS :

Alissa Fiorntino, Valparaiso University Graduate

Compass has significantly impacted my life. I just hope that our efforts as volunteers have given as much to the kids as they have given to us. I have been volunteering since my sophomore year and going to the program is always the highlight of my week. This is because of all of the amazing people there that are united for the same great cause. I believe that this program is excellent for the Valparaiso University students to not only advance in their studies, but to also excite the kids about finding a profession and stress the importance of diligent study habits in order to be well-prepared for the future. The most beautiful thing is that, throughout the time that I have been there, I have truly seen this become a reality.

Elementary School Student from Kurdistan

Compass makes me proud and work hard for four years. It’s a really fun school. I hope more people join us, because it is fun and I love my tutor. I see that I have improved a lot in reading. I also have made A LOT of friends here. I think kids should go here.

Parent & Participant from China

I came to Compass since last winter. It is very helpful for me and for my kids too. I learned English from this Compass and want to mention about all the volunteers. They are friendly and very kind with us. I never forget them.

Parent & Adult English Student from Mexico (Translated)

I am so happy that my two children and I participate at the Compass Program. I am also happy that Compass is offering English classes for adults. Since I do not speak English well yet, it makes it hard for me to help my children with homework. I can tell a difference in my kids when they do not come to the program. They get easily frustrated and their grades suffer. They get better comments from their teachers after attending Compass and enjoy school so much more!

9th grader at Valparaiso High School

Doing homework on tutoring nights with my tutor is my favorite school night of the week. The tutors are very helpful and make learning so much more fun. My parents do not speak English, so coming to tutoring is important to me. It gives me a place where adults can help me with my school work in English, like my teachers speak.

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