It’s not something you’d expect to see in Compton: kids on horseback trotting down the street. Yes, smack in the middle of the inner city is a safe haven known as the Compton Junior Posse. It’s an equine therapy program for kids as young as eight years old.Mayisha Akbar founded Compton Junior Posse 25 years ago. She simply wanted to keep her kids off drugs and out of gangs. It worked not only for her kids, but it’s also working for many others in the neighborhood.
We spoke with student Danielle Beavers. She told us, “When I first came here, I was an angry person and misunderstood. Horses taught me how to relax.” Anyone who wants to join the club is welcome, but they must show their report cards. If kids have bad grades, they have to improve in order to get in. Currently, there are 50 kids enrolled in the Compton Junior Posse. Akbar is hoping to keep the ranch and the posse going for many more years. On May 17th, Compton Junior Posse is having their 7th annual fundraiser gala. If you would like more information on the event, go to their website.