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Horseback riding program holiday event set

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Young teen showcasing horseback riding skills at the Compton Jr. Posse ranch in Compton. Courtesy CJP

Compton Jr. Posse horseback riding program hosts annual holiday event, Sat., Dec. 17, recognizing local youth and supporters

COMPTON — The Compton Jr. Posse, a horseback riding, and training program here, will host its annual Community Holiday Open House, Saturday, Dec.17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 453 Caldwell Ave., in the Richland Farms area of Compton.

The event is held each year 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 equestrian training, after-school activities, and winter/summer camps. Young people in the program study equine science and ranch management, and develop critical thinking skills, responsibility, discipline, and self-confidence – qualities necessary to excel in school and in life.

Mayisha Akbar, founder, and executive director created the Compton Jr. Posse in part, to keep young people off the streets and out of trouble.

“Teaming youth with horses helps [young people] to develop spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually,” Akbar said. “We consider this a worthwhile investment. 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.”

Akbar said the Compton Jr. Posse has positively impacted thousands of children throughout the life of the program which began in 1989.

CJP alumni work at the ranch during Winter and Summer breaks as mentors for the children in the program and assist with day-to-day operations of the program. This year’s Winter Camp will his year’s Winter Camp will be held Dec. 26-30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Throughout the year, CJP collaborates with other local organizations and schools to provide quality youth development activities and field trips. Local partnerships are with the Compton Unified School District, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCA, Breesee Foundation, and Girls Club LA.

This year’s festivity will include a potluck organized by CJP’s Parent Booster Club, volunteers, and supporters.

For more information call Angela Herbs at (310) 632-1247 or visit www.comptonjrposse.org

 

 

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