The Compass

Explore The Compass Advantage

The Compass Advantage is a positive youth development framework created by researcher and developmental psychologist, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD. Simply stated, eight core abilities form an internal compass that guides kids through life. Nurtured by parents, teachers, and mentors, these competencies are more advantageous than any grade, test score, or college selection. Research suggests they are the drivers of school, career, and life success. Hover over a compass point to see more information. Discover many resources to help foster the compass abilities in your home, school, and community!

 

Empathy

Ability to recognize, feel, and respond to the needs and suffering of others.

Altruism
Caring
Civic-mindedness
Compassion
Generosity
Kindness
Patience
Stewardship
Thoughtfulness
Tolerance

Integrity

Ability to act in ways consistent with the values, beliefs, and moral principles we claim to hold.

Authenticity
Courage
Honesty
Honor
Respect
Responsiblity
Restraint

Creativity

Ability to produce and communicate original ideas and to appreciate the nature of beauty.

Aesthetics
Humor
Imagination
Ingenuity
Inspiration
Inventiveness
Originality
Playfulness

Curiosity

Ability to seek and acquire new knowledge, skills, and ways of understanding the world.

Critical Thinking
Inquisitiveness
Love of Learning
Open-mindedness
Reasoning
Skeptical
Thoughtful

Resilience

Ability to meet and overcome challenges in ways that maintain or promote well-being.

Bravery
Determination
Flexibility
Grit
Initiative
Perseverance
Self-Confidence

Self-Awareness

Ability to examine and understand who we are relative to the world around us.

Belief in Self
Gratitude
Hope
Mindfulness
Optimism
Purposeful
Reflexivity
Self-Reflective
Spirituality
Vitality
Vulnerability
Wisdom

Resourcefulness

Ability to find and use available resources to achieve goals, problem-solve, and shape the future.

Conscientious
Decision-Making
Goal-Orientedness
Negotiating
Planning
Problem-Solving
Risk-taking
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