Compass for Kids has hired two staff members for newly created positions as part of the organization’s expansion.
Virginia Colletti is serving as the coordinator of the new youth leadership development program, which will allow Compass to expand services to older students. Colletti previously worked as a teacher in the Ball-Chatham and Springfield school districts, as well as with Girls Scouts of Central Illinois.Sarah Oglesby, director of programs for Compass. “We’re going to be expanding to serve middle school and high school students, who will also spend one day a week at our elementary school sites mentoring the younger students.”
Services for older students will focus on life and job skills classes, including how to write a resume and prepare for a job interview, research colleges and apply for scholarships and more.
“We want to help students graduate from high school and be successful in whatever they choose to do, whether that’s college, trade school, entering the military or going directly into the workforce,” Oglesby said.
Kathy Seadler has been hired as the director of finance and administration. She recently retired as the chief financial officer for Marine Bank.
“As Compass has grown, we also need more help on the administrative side of things,” Oglesby said.
Compass for Kids was founded in 2011 by Molly Berendt as a ministry of Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church. In 2016, Compass for Kids became an independent nonprofit organization after having operated the previous four years as part of the Family Service Center. The organization partners with Springfield School District 186 to serve underprivileged children through the after-school program Club Compass, along with Camp Compass, the largest summer learning provider for the district.