Compton Jr. Equestrians was developed to serve inner city youth in the hub city of Compton, along with local areas. CJE was formed in response to the lack of programs available to youth in the community who are at risk for dropping out of school, incarceration, and poverty.
Founded by Jamie Vance and Randall Hook, natives of Compton, CJE proves the importance of giving back to ones own community. They were once students of the widely known program, Compton Jr. Posse. Upon it's closure, neither of the two wanted such an important piece of the community to vanish, leaving hundreds of youth without such a program. Combining Jamie's passion for educational and nonprofit programs, along with Randy's business savvy and knowledge of the equine world, the two decided to form the Compton Jr. Equestrians.
Our program not only teaches the highly esteemed skill of horseback riding, but academic achievement and character building. Some of the academic areas we build upon are science, math, literacy, and cultural history. Youth in our program also build discipline, self-esteem, and leadership.
Our program serves as a safe haven away from the dangers of the streets, such as drugs, gangs, and poverty. Horseback riding naturally helps build coping mechanisms for the youth, in turn, youth gain respect for animals and nature, and eachother, building lifelong bonds.
ing the highly esteemed skill of horseback riding, while increasing academic achievement, character building, and mentorship opportunities
CJE envisions a community where our students are achieving and thriving in academics, community building, and horseback riding. Youth in the community will have a competing equestrian team, and learn the business side of riding. In gaining knowledge, youth will practice stewardship of the environment and gain respect of animals. We will see a decrease in the amount of incarcerated, and an increase in high school and college graduates. We see more of our youth in the workforce and being engaged in the community.