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Since 1988, Compton Jr Posse (CJP) has used equine science and horse related activities as a leadership development program providing a year round after school program that teaches youth the value of hardwork and education, so they can give back to their families, communities and to society in general.
The CJP provides a safe haven for youth, who come to improve education, develop leadership skills, increased communication and social skills, academic and career preparation in a innovative and fun enviroment - the CJP Ranch.
Compton Jr. Posse (CJP) provides a year round program using equestrian activities to inspire vulnerable youth to reach their personal, academic and career goals. CJP’s award-winning program has given inner city kids a framework for success by teaming them with horses and highly skilled instructors such as Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson.
In 2014, CJP provided service to over 1500 inner city youth, and scholarships to 15 CJP youth in colleges nationwide. CJP has four core programs as described below.
1. Education Program- The Educational Program uses a case management approach to monitor youth self-development, by tracking CJP program requirements and evaluating effectiveness regularly
A. College prep & Scholarships - Tutoring and college counseling is available to all CJP students.
B. Naturalist Explorers - Students learn skills through outdoor activities such as; hiking and camping, are taught to be environmental stewards, advocates for the great outdoors
C. Outdoor Leaders- 14 CJP students have been hired as paid interns thus far.
D. Camp Counselors - CJP provides training as camp counselors.
E. Summer & Winter Equine Science Camps - Provides 9 weeks of camp for intense equine learning experiences.
F. Outdoor Gardens - Youth learn how to grow their own vegetables while learning healthy eating choices.
2. Outreach Program
A. Mobile Equine Science - CJP youth travel to schools, public/private and community orgs to provide equine science education, and related activities.
B. CJP Ambassadors - CJP youth have become ambassadors to outside communities, via equestrian competitions, Promotes acceptance of socio-economic and cultural diversity through education.
C. Equine Science Visits - Field trips to the ranch from schools, and public/private and community organizations for equine science education.
3. Ranching Program - While interacting with horses, youth learn anatomy, physiology, communication and safety around horses. Youth are introduced to new careers that make up the $105 Billion dollar equine industry.
4. Riding Program - CJP’s equestrian team has competed in the Interscholastic Equestrian League (IEL), where youth can earn high school physical education credit and can earn points to become eligible for equestrian scholarships to over 400 colleges nationwide. In 2011, CJP was awarded the Silver Medal from the Governor’s Council on physical fitness because riding is a very strenuous sport that also contributes to emotional and psychological health. Youth learn transferable skills to use in their daily lives such as discipline, responsibility, how to set goals, team work and more.