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Our Remarkable Story

Started over a decade ago with a heart to provide hope and a positive future for under-served youth in the Greater Sacramento area.

Scott and Jacquie Flanagan became aware of the challenges that aged-out foster youth face in their 20’s while serving as youth leaders in the Bay Area. Discovering that one of their youth, Marvin, was going to be homeless two-weeks after his 18th birthday, they stepped into action trying to find programs for aged-out foster youth. Their search did not produce results, so they invited him to live in their one-bedroom apartment. For the next five and a half months, they empowered Marvin to become independent by helping him find a job, while mentoring him in basic life skills and helping him with sustainable employment. After clearing probation and maintaining his job for five months being, they assisted Marvin with budgeting and finding a place to rent. Little did they know that this experience would lead to work that would be started 22 years later. With the help of their friends, Todd and Luann Johnson, Compassion Planet started bringing aged-out foster youth into their one-year mentoring program in the summer of 2013.


Today, this dream is impacting the lives of under-served youth in the South Placer and Sacramento Counties. With thriving social enterprises, corporate sponsors and generous community support, Compassion Planet is able bring aged-out foster youth and youth from at-risk backgrounds (ages 18-24), called trainees, into their Mentoring Program (Which is currently being revamped — stay tuned for updates!). Upon graduating from the Mentoring Program, youth enter into an Aftercare Program which includes lifelong services. Their stories and journeys are incredible and Compassion Planet is privileged to be a part of the of the lives of some amazing youth. 

Compassion Planet Testimonials 2019
Welcome to Compassion Planet 2019
Compassion Planet Testimonials 2017
Compassion Planet Trainee Interviews 2019

Media & News

The Issue

Every 2 minutes, a child enters the U.S. Foster Care System. At 18, they age out of foster care & become one of the most at-risk people groups in the United States.

Before turning 18, foster youth will change homes 3 or more times

60% of trafficking victims come from foster care

Nearly 40% go homeless upon aging-out of the system

1 in 4 will be imprisoned within 2 years of aging-out

Less than 50% graduate from high school

Less than 3% graduate from college

70% are pregnant by 21 & 50% repeat the cycle of brokenness

Nearly 70% of California’s prison population were in the foster care system

Our Mission

We empower aged-out foster youth & youth from at-risk backgrounds to achieve independence, overcome personal obstacles, & reach their fullest potential.


Mentoring Program

Our Mentoring Program is currently being revamped — stay tuned for updates! You can sign up for our newsletter on our homepage here.


Aftercare Program

A lifelong program for graduates that includes Hire Me Next services, quarterly care check-ins, alumni events, coaching, and a Trainee Emergency Fund should obstacles arise.


Our Leadership & Staff


Our Board


Our Compassion Planet


Thank you to our partners who empower lives in our community with their generosity!

As a Business Partner you are investing in our community by empowering at-risk youth to not only achieve independence, but to make positive contributions to our region.


There are four ways your Company or Local Business can make a difference:

  1. Create a company-wide Group Volunteer Project at one of Compassion Planet’s sites.

  2. Sponsor and participate in Compassion Planet’s annual major fundraisers, the Compassion Cup and Soiree.

  3. Invest in youth through an annual or monthly donation into our one-year Mentoring Program.

  4. Become an Employment Partner by providing longterm employment opportunities for our graduates or shorter-term internships to help further their employability skills.

Please consider joining your fellow business leaders and community impactors as a Compassion Planet

Business Partner.

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When you give to Compassion Planet, 80.7% of our total revenue goes directly to our Mentoring Programs, 6.1% goes to fundraising, and 13.2% goes toward management and administrative expenses.

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