September 4, 2009
I had the privilege of interviewing several Urban Compass students about their connection with nature. Because Urban Compass is located in the heart of gang activity in Watts, I assumed these children would not have much interest in nature. I was amazed to find that these children, who have it so tough, still have their hearts open. Several of them were able to
describe truly contemplative and peaceful moments in nature.
Urban Compass is largely responsible for this connection because they have taken kids out of the city on surfing and whale watching field trips. Those experiences were mentioned by most of them. Urban Compass also organized a planetarium trip and afterward two of the girls' mothers spread blankets for them in their backyards and they recounted joy in looking up at the stars.
Urban Compass is doing a tremendous job helping these kids stay open to possibility. It is an organization that is effectively keeping the futures of these inner city children as bright as their spirits.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
bright and enthusiastic. They showed topnotch organizational skills and a contagious enthusiasm about serving the Watts community. The combination seems to have captivated Urban Compass students and their families alike.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
General Member of the Public & I interviewed several children about their connection with nature.