As is customary for this time of the year, the Compton Junior Posse will be hosting its Annual
Community Holiday Open House. The Celebration and Schooling Show will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 9:00am-1:00pm. Every December, this event is held to showcase the equestrian skills of participants, celebrate their educational accomplishments, and to recognize the generous spirit and contributions of the Posse’s many volunteers and supporters.
CJP, as it is more affectionately known, offers a wide range of year-round programs including after-school activities, winter/summer camps, as well as an equestrian team (for high schoolers). Not only are the young people immersed in equine science, ranch management, and riding technique–they are also exposed to other learning opportunities which help them to develop critical thinking skills, responsibility, discipline, and self-confidence – qualities necessary to excel in school and in life.
Recent alumni, most of whom are college students, work at the Jr. Posse Ranch during Winter and Summer Breaks and look forward to returning home to GIVE Back, mentor the younger children, and assist with day-to-day operations of the program. This year’s Winter Camp will be held Dec 26 – 30, 2016, from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Extended Care is also available.
Throughout the year, CJP collaborates with other local organizations and schools to provide quality youth development activities and field trips. Some of the ongoing partnerships include the Compton Unified School District, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCA, Breesee Foundation, Girls Club LA, and local colleges.
“Teaming youth with horses helps them to develop spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually,” according to Mayisha Akbar, founder and Executive Director. Akbar estimated that her organization has been instrumental in reaching thousands of children over the years and impacting those lives in a very positive way. “We consider this a worthwhile investment,” Akbar goes on, “and the mission of the organization is to train young people who can learn the value of hard work and education so that they can develop the skills necessary to become leaders in their family, community, and society.”
Following the schooling Show, the community is invited to partake in a festive potluck organized by the organization’s Parent Booster Club, volunteers, and supporters.