Founded in 2002, Compass Project has been serving at-risk youth in Maine for more than 10 years. Through project-based learning and mentoring relationships fostered by staff and volunteers, students build academic skills, develop self-esteem and confidence, and prepare themselves for a role in the workplace and their communities. Compass Project has served more than 2,000 students.
As of July 1, 2015, the Compass Project, became a program of Engine. The Compass Project was formerly a program of Spurwink, a behavioral health agency and prior to that, had its own non-profit status. The transition was facilitated by Spurwink to find a home with a more design-and-maker-oriented mission. Engine’s interest in supporting and growing the young maker community dovetails with the experiential and project-based learning focus of the program.
The Compass Project’s shop will be housed at Biddeford High School and be available to Biddeford students as well as students from outside the city. Engine, as the parent organization, will be able to utilize the makerspace for other hands-on workshops as well, expanding their digital fabrication lab to include traditional tools.