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Compass Year - Exploring My Future

The fourth C5 year is spent in exploration. Students explore colleges in the summer and continue their exploration while learning about entrepreneurship and selecting an important social issue to address that will become the subject of their ACT Now! Summit.


C5 Summer Signature Experience

Participants plan and execute a seven day exploration of regional College and University campuses. Emphasis is on exploring what campuses offer as communities as well as learning about the academic programs available. The Road To College provides participants an opportunity to identify and plan for the steps they’ll need to take to prepare for the transition to college. Significant youth engagement in planning and leading the experience are also key components to the program’s effectiveness.

Pathways - Applying New Skills in the Real World

The C5 Pathways program is a year-round community based curriculum that supports and guides participants in learning new skills and integrating them with the skills they learned over the summer.   The goal is for C5 students to use these important skills in their life; at home and in their community.


Each class participates in 3-5 class specific learning events during the school year. These events are designed to help participants apply their leadership, community service and college and career skills in the context of their daily life. Events range from day long to weekend retreats.


Participants engage in group projects and planning committees throughout the school year. Examples include planning committees for the summer experiences, Newsletters/website, Leadership Summit and Community Service projects.


C5 students are responsible for maintain a B average in their classes, completing a set number of hours of community service each year, and completing and carrying out their leadership action, high school action and Community Action plans. C5 staff work as coaches with individual students on a monthly basis to help them complete these individual responsibilities.

Social Awareness Program

SAP is the signature C5 social awareness and diversity curriculum. It is a series of 90 minute sessions with an age-appropriate message that is integrated into the third through fifth year's curriculum as part of either summer programs or pathways.

  • Pressures & Fears “What to Expect Next”
  • Relationships: “Healthy/Dangerous”
  • Action Central: “Expanding My Impact”
  • Relationships: Beats and Rhythms