Compass Family Services Spring Forward 2013

Thank you for helping families in need

Compass would like to extend its thanks to everyone who joined us at our Spring Forward evening benefit.  The event raised over $265,000 to benefit the more than 3,000 homeless and at-risk parents and children that Compass helps each year to regain a solid footing. 

The event was hosted by Steven Dinkelspiel, President and Publisher of San Francisco magazine. Katherine Feinstein, retired Judge of the Superior Court, was the keynote speaker, and singer Paula Westprovided entertainment.

We honored The McKenzie Foundation of San Francisco with the Corporate IMPACT Award, along with Shawn Esmaili, founder of Youth Against Poverty, with the Community IMPACT Award.

Please enjoy our photos of the event.

Thanks to our sponsors

Compass would like to acknowledge the generosity of our corporate and individual sponsors: 


Housing IMPACT

McKenzie Foundation of San Francisco


Family Wellness IMPACT

Advent Software

Credit Suisse


Qatalyst Partners


Youth Against Poverty

Education IMPACT

California Pacific Medical Center

Connery Consulting


Robert Daoro | DZH Phillips, LLP, CPA

W20 Group

Economic IMPACT

Hill & Co. Real Estate

Parallel Advisors

Passerelle Investment Company

Youth Against Poverty Pop-Up Grand Opening

Youth Against Poverty Pop-Up Grand Opening

Shoe sales are fun. Shoe sales that build a medical clinic in Haiti are even better.

On June 9th, Los Altos will host a charity pop-up featuring Youth Against Poverty (YAP) at 170 State Street. St. Francis student Shawn Esmaili founded YAP as an organization dedicated to connecting teenagers like Esmaili with children in need around the world. The organization has now reached out to the residents of Los Altos to help the children and orphans of Haiti and will be selling shoes for a heavily discounted $10-$50, from brands such as adidas, Converse, Puma, Nike, Supra, New Balance, Asics, Saucony, Vans, and Creative Recreation in the temporary store. What is different about YAP? All of the proceeds from the sale will go towards building a medical clinic in Haiti, a country which is ridden with cholera, malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS and in critical need of clean, modern medical facilities.

Esmaili started YAP in 2007 when he was twelve years old. In YAP’s first project, Esmaili reached out to companies such as Vans, Puma, Converse, and adidas for donations and successfully garnered 700 pairs of shoes that YAP provided to an orphanage for 600 blind children in Tanzania. More recently, YAP has changed its focus in order to provide even more for children. The organization sells shoes at its pop-up events at a discounted price and directs the proceeds towards efforts such as supporting the Bay Area’s own homeless children in collaboration with the nonprofit Compass Family Services.

Early this year, YAP also began raising money in Scottsdale, Arizona, to help build a children’s medical clinic in Haiti and raised $23,000 of its $70,000 goal. Lucky for us, YAP has selected the Los Altos community as its next pop-up site to continue the fundraiser.

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Stop by YAP’s pop-up charity store at 170 State Street between June 9th and the 23rd to help yourself and Haitian children in need of medicine and preventative care. Open daily from 10:00 to 6:00, seven days a week. Hurry in before the pop-up moves on and you miss the opportunity to score some limited edition sneaks and make a real impact for Haitian children. To learn more and follow them @YAP123.

A New Pop-Up, Pops Up for Charity

Youth Against Poverty & Global Family Philanthropy’s Pop-Up Charity at Scottsdale Waterfront will continue this weekend’s appearance with special hours today Monday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The charity, which was founded in 2009 by Paradise Valley resident Lori Goldberg to provide basic needs for impoverished children in Haiti, teamed up with Cardinals Safety Adrian Wilson, Youth Against Poverty founder Shawn Esmaili and Scottsdale Waterfront to sell brand new children’s, women’s and men’s athletic shoes from brands like Puma, Converse, Vans, Nike and Adidas at prices as low as $20 – the proceeds of which will benefit a medical clinic in Haiti. “In Haiti,” says Goldberg, “medical care is non-existent, except for the extremely wealthy. When we reach our goal of raising $100,000, we will break ground on a free health care facility that will interface with medical teams from the local hospital.”

Along with Esmaili, Adrian Wilson, who owns High Point Shoes at the Waterfront, donated over 2,500 pairs of shoes. He will appear at the pop-up from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 20 to sign free autographs with every purchase, which are tax deductible.

Miss our interview with Adrian Wilson? Click here.

Global Family Philanthropy Pop-Up Charity is between Sauce and High Point Shoes at Scottsdale Waterfront. Hours for next weekend are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. January 20 and 21, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 22.

High Point Shoes | 7135 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 175 | Scottsdale, AZ | 85251

YAP x GFP x Adrian Wilson get together to raise money to help build a Medical Clinic in Haiti

January 20 — Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson will use his High Point Shoes store (and himself) to help raise money for medical care, supplies and a medical clinic for needy children in Haiti.

From 4 to 7 p.m. on that Friday, Wilson will autograph every pair of shoes purchased and autograph other items for a $20 donation (there will also be signed photos available for $10), with all the money benefiting Global Family Philanthropy and Youth Against Poverty with help from The Adrian Wilson Foundation. (Wilson also donated $70,000 worth of shoes to the cause). It is all tax deductible. Many shoes available will also be heavily discounted.

This will all take place at the Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E Camelback Rd., between Wilson’s High Point store and Sauce restaurant. The fund-raising will go on both this weekend and next in the same place to raise money.

Cupertino teenager helps put shoes on the feet of poor children in Africa

A few polite inquiries from Cupertino resident Shawn Esmaili put shoes on the feet of poor children in Tanzania.

Esmaili, 18, a junior at Saint Francis High School, was recently honored by K2 Adventures Foundation for his work in donating hundreds of shoes to poor children in the African nation. He received the foundation's first junior humanitarian award in 22 years.

Esmaili worked with K2 to get shoes sent to an orphanage in Tanzania that cares for roughly 600 children struggling with blindness. He said he was surprised to learn that the soil competition causes children to suffer from foot fungus, which cause their feet and even stomachs to swell.

"They said they needed shoes really badly. This is the only thing they wanted," he said. "I had no idea just how much these shoes would impact their lives."

Esmaili contacted major shoe companies such as Reebok, Puma, Converse, Adidas and Vans. Over a period of three months last year, he secured more than 700 pairs of shoes.

Esmaili said he was surprised that a few inquiries to the shoe companies would result in such positive feedback.

"I never would have expected to get so much support from these organizations. That was the really surprising part," he said. "I have them to thank for all of this. If it wasn't for their generosity, it would not have happened."

Esmaili's philanthropic ways began when he was 12 years old and traveling in Iran.

He visited an orphanage for gifted and talented middle school-age children and heard their life stories. He said he was inspired to help poor children immediately after chatting with some of the orphans.

"I realized how fortunate I was, how much I had and how much they did not have," he said. "These kids were very bright; they were first or second in their class. This is when I found that this is what I want to do. This is the day I changed my life."

Last summer, Esmaili was in Haiti with Global Family Philanthropy, and it was there that he made connections with K2. The 10-day trip was an eye-opener for him, and he has since been continuing aid efforts for the earthquake-ravaged nation.

Esmaili was honored in Scottsdale, Ariz., late last year at K2's headquarters. The shoe donations even inspired him and K2 to sell the shoes at discount prices at makeshift "pop-up" stores in Scottsdale earlier this month.

The money from the stores is going toward medical equipment in Haiti. To date, the effort has raised $12,000, with a goal of reaching $25,000.

Esmaili has his own nonprofit, Youth Against Poverty, which works to connect his fellow teenagers with groups that work to help poor and impoverished children around the world. The organization is working to get official nonprofit status.

This article was taken from Mercury News.

St. Francis student shoes the shoeless

St. Francis High School junior Shawn Esmaili discovered his compassion for those less fortunate when he visited an orphanage in Asia when he was 12 years old.

After speaking with one of the orphans, “I sensed the vision he had. I sensed he wanted to be someone really successful and he was really gifted,” Esmaili said. “I realized just how much I had and how little he had.”

Since then, Esmaili has dedicated himself to providing resources to those in need of assistance and encourages his peers to do the same. He manages his own non-profit organization, Youth Against Poverty.

Esmaili worked in Haiti last summer, helping an orphanage collect shoes for its children. Through chance connections, he learned of K2 Adventures Foundation and its goal of providing shoes for orphans in Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind in Moshi, Tanzania. Because of the composition of the soil, the children suffer from foot fungus, which causes their feet to swell. The simple solution of wearing shoes could prevent the problem, but there were no shoes to wear – until Esmaili stepped in.

His parents work in the shoe industry and connected him with representatives from Adidas, Converse, Reebok, Puma and Vans. He convinced the sport-shoe companies to donate a total of 700 pairs of shoes for the 600 blind orphans.

K2 Adventures Foundation recently presented its Humanitarian Award to Esmaili for his work in securing the shoes for the African children.

“I want to help those in need,” he said. “I don’t want to take things for granted.”

Esmaili currently partners with K2 Adventures Foundation and Global Family Philanthropy, also non-profit groups, to provide resources where lacking around the world. In addition to his work with other organizations, he runs a pop-up shop in Arizona selling shoes to raise money for the medical facility in Haiti, which he visited with the Global Family Philanthropy. Shoe sales have already realized nearly $22,000 of his goal of $25,000 to purchase medical supplies for the Haitian facility.

Because of the success of the pop-up shop, Esmaili is looking for a location in Los Altos to run a similar shop to raise funds for a future philanthropic goal.

He is also committed to sparking the joy of philanthropy in other local students.

“We are the next generation and we can make a difference,” he said. “I want to change others’ outlook on life and how they give to others. I know it isn’t easy to convince people my age to go to Haiti, but I want them to be informed and spread awareness.”

Youth Against Poverty’s mission is to link teens with established groups committed to helping the poor and disadvantaged. He said his passion to serve others runs deep and he would like to make that his life’s focus.

“I want to study anything in college that can help me help more people in need,” Esmaili said.

Written by Traci Newell - Staff Writer/   

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Taken from Los Altos Town Crier