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Compass' innovative Grow a Star program is a youth mentoring and scholarship program that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome the financial or generational obstacles that are preventing them from following their dreams.
In households where finances are tight, young people often miss out on the sort of extra-curricular activities that play an important role in connecting people to their communities. Grow a Star encourages generational change by empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to follow their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.
By enabling young people to pursue their passions, the program helps foster habits and behaviours that can set young people up for life. The benefits of participating in Grow a Star are frequently far broader than the accomplishment of a participant’s short term goals. For many participants the mentoring on offer through the program represents the first time anyone outside their immediate family has demonstrated any sort of belief in their abilities and, even more importantly, has shown them a genuine pathway via which they can achieve their goals.
Since its launch in 2012, Grow a Star has assisted more than 200 young people to pursue their academic, sporting or artistic goals.
The Compass Mission is that all people have appropriate and affordable shelter and are engaged in sustainable communities. This principle guides our delivery of social housing in Australia and New Zealand and underpins our humanitarian and development activity we engage with internationally.
To date, Compass tenants, staff and friends of Compass raised $140,000 to rebuild two important community hubs in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Both projects were chosen from a list of potential projects that also involved discussion with the chiefs of several tribes in the country.
The first project was construction of the Compass Housing Community Stage and Community Room. This cyclone rated community hub now provides a safe haven and venue for aid organisations to facilitate programs including education, training, womens groups, health etc. It will also provide a much needed space for social enterprise and cultural engagement which has been minimal since Cyclone Pam.
The second project was the construction of the Compass Housing New Generation Community Centre & Cyclone Refuge which now provides a safe space for aid organisations and community groups. The refuge also offers shelter during cyclonic weather and will play an important role in the aftermath of natural disasters in the distribution of aid and dissemination of information.
We are now involved in a new project to develop safe and secure overnight accommodation for female vendors at the local market in the community of Freswota, Vanuatu, many of whom travel great distances to sell their produce and do not have appropriate accommodation nearby.
Throughout the year, Compass holds a number of awareness campaigns and fundraising events which you can get behind either as a corporate sponsor, individual donor or participant.
Perhaps you would like to host your own fundraising event for the Grow A Star program or in support of our international aid work? To make raising funds as simple as possible, we have put together everything you need to know right HERE in this fundraising toolkit.
Ride for the Stars
Join us for the inaugural ‘Ride for the Stars’ motorcycle event in support of disadvantaged youth in our region.
The ride will be held at 16-18 April 2021 and will start from Newcastle NSW. Riders will travel to beautiful North Haven, in the Port Macquarie district before heading north-west to Uralla in the New England High Country.
$250 registration fee per participant in support of Grow a Star.
If you can't get into the leathers, perhaps you or your company would like to sponsor this event? There are many sponsorship options available. Check out the prospectus HERE
White Up the Night Gala Dinner
Compass is looking forward to hosting the inaugural White Up the Night Gala Dinner in Newcastle NSW
All proceeds of this event will support the development of safe and secure overnight accommodation for female vendors at the local market in the community of Freswota.
MC: Natasha Beyersdorf
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We are looking for sponsors to help us maximise the fundraising potential of this event. Can you help? Download a prospectus HERE
Grow a Star Business Lunch
Join us for our inaugural business luncheon at the spectacular Noah's on the Beach, with local hero and former Liverpool midfielder, Craig Johnston as our guest speaker!
Through this luncheon, Compass aims to raise $20,000.00 for the Grow a Star program - an innovative, youth mentoring and scholarship program that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome the financial or generational obstacles that are preventing them from following their dreams.
DATE: Friday 9th October 12:30pm - 3:30pm
VENUE: Noah’s on the Beach
COST: $150.00pp includes 2 course lunch, wine, beer and soft drink
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE
Help us support more stars by sponsoring this event. Download the sponsorship prosectus HERE
Trek for the Stars
Trek the spectacular surrounds of Cradle Mountain and help empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to follow their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.
Cradle Mountain sits in the stunning Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area and is one of Australia’s premier trekking destinations. Rocky mountain peaks, buttongrass moorlands, glacial lakes, waterfalls and dense rainforest are hallmarks of this natural haven.
On this adventure, you’ll spend five-days trekking a variety of trails around the Cradle Mountain Village area. From easy shorter exploration walks to day-long hikes and steep climbs up to beautiful lookouts, everyday you’ll face a different challenge. You’ll discover the Tasmanian wilderness up close on this unforgettable adventure.
The funds you raise on this adventure will assist in making dreams a reality through Compass' Grow a Star program.