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!


Spring 2019 Semester:

Do you have a New Year's Resolution to learn English? Attain your US Citizenship? Do you want to see your children thrive in school this semester? Join us! Our program is completely free and available to anyone who wants to learn with us! All you need to do is show up, and we'll get you and your family members registered.

Do you already speak English and want to start making a difference in the new year? We are in constant need of new volunteers in order to keep our program free and accessible to all. Compass is in great need of additional tutors for their K-12 students. If you can help a child complete their homework, we can train you to do the rest. We can also use additional support with our Adult English classes. The commitment is just two hours per week, but you'll make a big impact in just a short amount of time.

Whether you are new to the US or have lived here for a lifetime, there is something for everyone at Compass. You will be enriched by friendships with those who have very different stories than your own. Please consider joining our special community!

               Questions? Email: info@compassifc.org


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.

Alissa Fiorntino, Valparaiso University Graduate

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.

Elementary School Student from Kurdistan

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 & Participant from China

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!

Parent & Adult English Student from Mexico (Translated)

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.

9th grader at Valparaiso High School

February 2019

  • Compass Evening Classes and Tutoring
  • Compass Evening Classes and Tutoring
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  • Compass Evening Classes and Tutoring
  • Compass Evening Classes and Tutoring
  • Compass Evening Classes and Tutoring
  • Compass Evening Classes and Tutoring