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May E-Newsletter

COMPASS Point has been working to make sure Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) voices are heard. There are numerous opportunities offered through COMPASS Point to ensure these young adults have a platform to provide feedback, tell their stories, and share their opinions.

Each month, COMPASS Point surveys TAY, providing the opportunity to share feedback regarding the opportunities, events, and services offered. This monthly survey affords the TAY the option of playing a role in the direction of the programing, sharing their likes, dislikes, and ideas for further support. TAY surveyed in the month of April shared what they liked best about COMPASS Point:

They can also share their experiences with Emily McCool, the Social Media/PR Associate, and have a blog post written and published onto the David & Margaret website, and shared across the agency’s social media platforms.

Another new exciting way for TAY to share their thoughts is through the monthly TAY newsletter. Starting this May, TAY have the opportunity to express themselves through art, poems, writings, photos or other outlets about anything they would like, and it will be highlighted in their monthly newsletter.

Do you know a TAY interested in submitting a piece to be included in the monthly TAY newsletter? Email McCoolE@davidandmargaret.org for more information, or view the flyer here. If you would like to sign up for the monthly TAY newsletter, or if you know a TAY who would be interested, sign up here.

Mental Health Awareness Month is also this May, and COMPASS Point wants to highlight one of our partners doing great work to address mental health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Pomona Valley’s mission is to improve “the quality of life for people affected by mental illness and their loved ones through supports, education, and advocacy.” NAMI offers numerous services and resources such as classes, support groups, and a confidential helpline. Their classes teach fundamentals of caring for yourself or a family member with mental illness, strategies for personal and relational awareness, coping skills, self-care, and much more. Their virtual support groups for those living with mental health conditions, families or caregivers of individuals with mental health conditions, and they also offer these groups in both English and Spanish.

If you would like to learn more about NAMI Pomona Valley, visit their website here.

Every quarter, COMPASS Point holds a quarterly Resource Fair with a different topic related to the areas of wellness. During the Resource Fairs, local community partners present services and resources that relate to the topic for that event.

COMPASS Point’s next quarterly Resource Fair will be held on June 15th at 1pm – 2pm. The focus of this Resource Fair is Intellectual Wellness, and numerous presenters will come and discuss their services and resources that promote this topic. The organizations scheduled to present next month are: Mt San Antonio College, Citrus College, Los Angeles County Library’s Work Ready Program, Tri-Community Adult Education, American Beauty College, and Tri-City’s Workforce Education and Training Program. Our Resource Fair will be held via Zoom, and the invitation will be going out in the next coming weeks. If you are interested in learning more and attending, click here to view the flyer and registration information.

COMPASS Programs often promote various workforce training opportunities to young adults.

Los Angeles County Library began a workforce training series called “Work Ready Program” where attendees can learn various job readiness skills such as: how to write a resume, how to write a cover letter, interviewing skills, how to break into a new career, and much more. Each series is 6 weeks long and has 1 event per week. These series will be going on now until December 2021. Los Angeles County Library is partnering with 20 libraries to also provide laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, headphones, USB drives, notebooks, and more to those who want to participate and register online. The Work Ready Program is available to everyone in the community, and their events are held via WebEx. If you cannot attend the live meetings, they also have the recordings posted on their YouTube channel which you can find here.

COMPASS Point is always looking to find new partners that offer workforce training. If you would like to connect with us, or share a service/resource you know of, please email COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To celebrate this, COMPASS Point hosted an API Heritage Month celebration day for COMPASS TAY.

Participants were offered various dishes from different cultures and learned about API history from the PBS documentary series “Asian Americans” that played in the Drop-in Center throughout the day.

Along with these in-person activities, COMPASS Point also promoted a virtual event to the TAY as an opportunity to learn more about API heritage and culture.

The virtual event was hosted by DePaul University in Chicago’s Global Asian Studies Department. “Healing and Reuniting in the Era of COVID-19: Facing Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Xenophobia in the U.S” This event focused on discussing and reflecting on the recent rise of hate crimes and xenophobia targeting the Asian and Asian American Community. Panelists from various API Advocacy Groups shared their thoughts, and offered short- and long-term advice to Asian Americans and allies.

Of the TAY that visited the Drop-in Center that day for various services, 100% participated in the event. TAY who participated during the events had a discussion of the covered topics and history with COMPASS Point staff. TAY enjoyed the documentaries, debates, and learning about API history, while also critiquing some comments made during the virtual event.

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