THE COMPASS is a faith-based non-profit located in Nikiski, Alaska. We desire to meet youth where they are in life and welcome them with love and open arms. Our youth center provides a safe place for after school drop-in and we also offer many programs to help youth build healthy relationships, learn life skills, and discover who they were created to be. We partner with other organizations to help solve problems and meet needs of youth throughout Alaska. At THE COMPASS, we believe in the ability of our youth to overcome obstacles and reach their highest potential. We're here to help NAVIGATE the way.
We believe that the best place to start in building a relationship with someone is to truly care about and love them. At The Compass, we strive to meet each individual where they are at in life with open arms. The Compass is to be a safe place where all youth are welcome. We then want to help teach them truth and walk with them through life's struggles and important decisions.
In today's world of social media, cell phones, and video games, many youth struggle to develop the practical life skills to help them succeed. At The Compass, we want to encourage youth to discover what they are passionate about and to work towards achieving those dreams. Some of the practical programs The Compass plans to offer are responsible financial management, creative arts, mechanics, academic tutoring, career planning, and more.
We strongly believe that the foundation to joy, peace, and true success in life is to follow Jesus and keep his commands. Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, and caring are vitally important character traits in becoming who we are called to be. At The Compass, we will not only teach these character traits to the youth but we will also lead by example and strive to display them in our own lives at The Compass, in our homes, and in our community.
The vision of The Compass is to positively impact the community as a whole. We will look for opportunities to be involved in community projects and help those in need. We also wish to open The Compass Cafe during youth center off hours. We want to offer a welcoming place for people in the community to converse and build relationships over a cup of coffee and a muffin.
At The Compass, it is our goal to help support and build up the local church. We are a non-denominational Christian organization and wish to bring people and churches together in building relationships with youth and walking with them through the teenage years. We encourage youth leaders and others to volunteer at the youth center.
Todd was born in Colorado but grew up in Nikiski, AK. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, and father of three awesome kids. He received an engineering degree from LeTourneau University, worked in Wisconsin for a couple years, and then moved back to Alaska where he has worked for Tesoro and ConocoPhillips. He enjoys sports and the outdoors but his true passion is helping youth to rise up, find purpose, and be who God created them to be. Todd has been able to fulfill this passion by serving at a 180 youth ministry in Wisconsin and by serving as the youth leader at Lighthouse Community Church in Nikiski. These experiences, combined with the desire to see youth succeed in life, helped lead to the founding of The Compass.
Emily was born and raised in Nikiski, AK. She is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She enjoys reading, crafting and camping with her family. In 2005, while in college she married Todd Brigham. Emily received a Interdisciplinary Bachelor degree, featuring Finance, Christian Ministries, and Spanish, from LeTourneau University in Longview,TX. They moved to Wisconsin where she worked at a preschool until she had their first child. Shortly after that they moved to Alaska, where she has been a stay at home mom to three wonderful kids. She has had a heart for youth since college and has been able to serve in that area intermittently. She is now able to focus on youth more fully through The Compass.