Compassion is a M/WBE certified, NYC Department of Education Vendor, Bronx service-based organization committed to implementing a health curricula and best practices for youth and young adults. We believe in igniting open and honest conversations, specifically around sexual health to provide tools and resources to impact change in life decisions, regarding health, culture, race, gender and faith. This will be achieved by creating healthy, fun and trustworthy relationships.
Compassion will empower youth and young adults to share their knowledge and resources, regarding health. Their empowerment will ignite change individually, in their families, in their communities, the nation and the world!
CEO & Founder
Caroline D. Davis is a charismatic and creative woman with a heart for youth. She is a Bronx, NY native and has earned her BA in Communications, concentrating in Advertising from Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her MA in Christian Ministries, concentrating in Youth Ministry from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL and her MS in Non-Profit Leadership and Social Justice from Fordham University in New York, NY. She has worked with youth of all ages for over 20 years and 8 of those years specifically in medical field.
She is currently an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx with the Health Equity, Administration, Technology (H.E.A.T.) and Liberal Arts departments.
In her 20 years, she has had the great pleasure of working with Upward Bound-Marist, University Ministries-North Park University, Center for Youth Ministry Studies-North Park University, PAL-Washington Heights, SoBRO Youth Development Center, SBH Health System's and Union Community Health Center’s Teen Health Center. While at SoBRO, Caroline created Da Flava Youth Connecta program, as well as life applicable curriculums for youth, such as MMP-Mandelbaum Music Project which taught youth the business aspect of the music industry and SPEED-Sexuality Peer Education and Evolving Diversity which geared youth to facilitate workshops on comprehensive sexuality. Her leadership of the Teen Health Center, led to over 4,500 middle school Bronx youth being educated about their sexual health. Caroline has also had the pleasure of working overseas with youth in Egypt, Thailand and Zambia. In addition, Caroline loves to teach dance in her leisure and is certified as a Zumba instructor.
As CEO/Founder of Compassion she believes the following, “The job of my team and I are not to tell young people to have sex or not to have sex. It is to provide young people enough information for them to make a healthy decision they are comfortable to live with. The youth are not our future, but our NOW!!!”
YMF Program Facilitator
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” - Booker T. Washington
Born & raised in the Brownsville/East New York section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ryan L. Staton’s humble beginnings were nurtured by his parents, family, and church community. In particular, his dad, Stephen Staton, instilled in him a passion for people. At a young age, Ryan, his Dad and brother were active members of St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church. Through the leadership of Bishop Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, they were heavily involved in several men's ministries. At age 14, Ryan gained his first employment as a counselor for the Boys & Girls Club. Those experiences and role as a leader left an indelible impression on him. It laid the foundation for his future work with the youth and communities. In 2007, Ryan joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Norfolk, VA on the USS Gonzalez & USNS Comfort. He deployed three times in four years to Europe, South/Central America, and off the Horn of Africa. After being Honorably discharged from the Navy, Ryan attended the Art Institute of New York City where he received his Associate in Applied Science in Digital Filmmaking in 2014.
Ryan’s character and attention to detail quickly led him to work in world renowned venues along with a wide range of icons and celebrities, including: The Apollo; Madison Square Garden; Webster Hall; The Beacon Theatre; Star Wars BB-8, Bobby Brown, Cyndi Lauper, Greg Phillinganes, Janet Jackson, Heidi Klum, Kanye West, Kevin Hart, Mark Romanek, Nile Rodgers, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nicki Minaj, ASAP Rocky, Tina Charles, Tyler the Creator, U2 and countless more. His production work has covered tv shows, Broadway commercials, and major events & campaigns, such as: SNL Season 43; Ain’t Too Proud’; The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes; Disney’s Aladdin; Comic Con; Target’s 20 Years of Design; and The Hudson Yards Grand Opening, just to name a few.
In addition, Ryan’s commitment to community has been acknowledged by Former Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr., as well as receiving the 2017 Webby Award for Public Service & Activism for his work on MTV’s Decoded.
Currently, Ryan is the Youngster to Mister Father’s (YMF) Program Facilitator where he leads sessions that provide supportive spaces and resources to young Black & Brown men and fathers. He leans on his combined life experiences to offer a fresh perspective for solutions to some of today’s most challenging social and emotional issues. Simply, Ryan spreads love and provides people with the tools that will give them a chance to win in life.