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Infographic says, "A small percentage of US adults who drink consume most of the alcohol. 8% consume 51% and 92% consume 49% of drinks."

The relationship our culture has with alcohol is complicated. 70% of U.S. adults age 18 and over use alcohol. Drinking is paired with activities from 5K runs to cooking or yoga classes. Its negative impacts, however, are far-reaching and often under-discussed. Drinking rates rose during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in nearly…

Close up of hands holding gaming device

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month–a time to learn more about this silent addiction which effects an estimated 4-6 million adults in the United States. Unfortunately, youth are not immune to issues related to gambling, and for many, their introduction comes in the all-too-familiar form of video games. There are various studies that show…

A woman in her 20's or 30's is sitting on the rocky shoreline of a river. The rocks are round and smooth. She is dressed in coat and cap to stay warm.

Any celebration is an opportunity for joy, but the fall and winter holidays–held as the days get shorter–are difficult for many. In addition, thousands in our communities are impacted by the worsening opioid crisis and require our support and caring. There are many reasons for feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed this time of year: waning…

We look toward the front of a middle-school classroom at the adult leaders standing at the front, masks on. We see from behind students raising their hands.

Interns Kaelyn Harris and Amber Aungst with a Leaders of Future Generations group Welcome back to #MUMonday! Kaelyn Harris here, intern from Millersville University. For my second and final post of this series, I am going to talk about the program Leaders of Future Generations (LFG). For those of you that may not know what…

Hello everyone! My name is Kaelyn and I am a current student at Millersville University. I’m interning this semester with Compass Mark and have the opportunity to share with you what I have learned through observing a Compass Mark program called Skills for Life. The focus of my article is on an activity we shared…

Helping Hands

School year 2020-2021 was extraordinarily challenging for schools, educators, parents, and students. Youth were separated from friends, extracurricular activities, and classrooms.  Additionally, students were distanced from essential school staff members who are sources of support, compassion, and encouragement. During this time, students have reported increased levels of stress and anxiety, interruptions in sleep and eating…

Diversity

In late 2019, Compass Mark formed an internal staff team to guide the organization’s work around diversity, equity and inclusion. The team had several areas of focus: to plan opportunities for staff education on diversity-related topics; to evaluate areas of potential growth for Compass Mark’s programs, policies, staff and board recruitment, and other areas; and…

Camper Photo

After a year of hard work, our Leaders of Future Generations students joined together for an exciting week full of opportunities to grow, build, strengthen friendships, and enjoy nature at Kids Kamp! During the week of June 21st through 25th, twenty-four students kicked off the summer at Innabah Camp & Retreat Center. Kids Kamp is…

Graph of American who smoked in the past week- high of 45% in 1954 and low of 16% in 2018

One of the most successful public health campaigns in U.S. history has been around cigarette smoking. From the  publication of the first Surgeon General’s report on the harmful effects of smoking in 1964, prevention specialists have brought the percentage of Americans who have smoked a cigarette in the past week down to 14% in 2019…

A pile of DeTerrra medication disposal bags

Compass Mark has received a grant to offer free medication disposal bags to residents of Lancaster, Lebanon, and Chester ounties, PA. Keeping unused or expired medications in your medicine cabinet can lead to misuse or accidental ingestion. The newest option for the disposal of unused and expired medications are medication disposal bags. We are now…

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