A growing deficit in the educational system today causes too many
children with tremendous potential to fall behind due to social,
family or behavioral concerns.
The Orlando/Orange County COMPACT program is an education and business
partnership aimed at addressing this issue, reducing the number
of student drop-outs by providing mentors who challenge students
to succeed and reach their maximum potential.
creating positive relationships, concentrating on academic excellence
and community service, the COMPACT program prepares students to
become responsible, contributing members of society.
COMPACT is the longest, continually operating in-school mentoring
program in the state. The relationship with the Orange County Public
School System ensures that each mentored student receives approximately
one hour per week with his/her mentor in a classroom setting, and
fosters a learning environment that encourages students to concentrate
on academic, behavioral and social skills.
partnership between COMPACT and local businesses provides a unique
perspective into the needs of the business community. By contributing
as a mentor, sponsor, employer, or speaker at program events, businesses
benefit from the accomplishments of each student who graduates from
the program and goes on to become part of the educated, motivated
There are several ways in which businesses can actively participate
in the COMPACT program and positively impact our community:
- Provide Mentors - while monetary donations are needed and very
much appreciated, the greatest need is for mentors.
- Allow employees to take one hour per week to volunteer within
a traditional COMPACT program or adopt a school.
- Sponsor one of our programs or offer financial contributions
or in-kind donations.
COMPACT's goal is to provide individual attention for each student.
By encouraging one-on-one relationships, COMPACT aspires to increase
the number of mentors by at least an additional 200 mentors
Currently, approximately 400 mentors work with COMPACT students
in grades 1st through 12th in 13 area schools. Since its inception
in 1989, more than 10,000 students have benefited from the program.
COMPACT students are your future employees, business owners and
professionals. By mentoring a COMPACT student or participating in
the program in other ways, YOU can influence their lives and help
shape your community's future!