"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember.
I do and I understand." // Confucius
The Compass Program
COMPASS is an equine facilitated learning intervention for youth, ages 8-17, designed to target the following skills:
Self-regulation – awareness of and influence over personal tension and emotion
Communication – conveyance of thoughts, feelings, and desires clearly and appropriately, as well as recognizing and accepting the thoughts, feelings, and desires conveyed by others
Self-advocacy – identification of and request for needs or desires calmly and assertively without aggression
Empathy – ability to compassionately seek to understand the perspective and motivations of others
Responsibility – awareness/acceptance of personal impact and positive/negative consequences of that impact
Self-awareness – a conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives and desires
Please note: this is not a riding program.
2019 Program Dates
Program Details + FAQ
How do I register for COMPASS?
Participants may be referred to the program by school resource and patrol officers, counselors or self-referral by a parent or guardian. Click below to submit an application.
When does the class take place?
COMPASS classes are held once per quarter on two consecutive Saturday afternoons for a total of eight hours.*
Each class is limited to ten participants and led by at least three facilitators. *A summer COMPASS may be offered in the format of 4 consecutive weeks for 2 hours per session.
Who teaches the COMPASS program?
The program is currently held at Triple Play Farm in Davidson, NC, a nationally accredited facility that offers animal assisted and nature based sessions to achieve therapeutic and educational objectives. Classes are guided by educators who have been trained to create opportunities for self-awareness and learning through interaction with horses.
Is experience with horses a requirement?
No horse experience is necessary – all of the activities with horses take place on the ground and are supervised by PATH certified equine specialists. Lesson focus will be understanding the equine/prey animal perspective and giving students the tools to communicate and partner with the horse.
What is the cost?
$185 per participant; scholarships available.
CLICK HERE to complete the scholarship application.
All students will be expected to commit to attending both 4-hour classes and completing a pre- and post-class survey, as well as additional engagement activities.
For additional information about the class and facility:
Triple Play Farm, LLC
Our goal is to provide scholarships for all attendees in 2019 – please consider making a donation to provide equine-assisted learning to at-risk youth in the North Carolina region.
To support the COMPASS program: MAKE A DONATION Online | MAIL A DONATION to PO Box 6537, Statesville, NC 28687 |
-or- contact Erica A. de Flamand – Executive Director – at firstname.lastname@example.org
All donations earmarked for COMPASS will go directly towards service delivery costs. Donations are tax-deductible.