A neon sign is fixed to a white wall. The letters are white, and read: The Journey is On.

We are thrilled to unveil plans to offer a comprehensive array of prevention programs throughout Chester County.  These new services will be available to schools, community organizations, and the general public through a recently announced contract Compass Mark received from the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services. “At the core of our identity…

A shiny copper balance scale rests on wooden boards stained orange, green, blue, red and purple

An old-fashioned balance scale serves as a good metaphor for how we do addiction prevention. When our prevention specialists are out in the community, we’re asked some predictable questions about our work. Q: Are most kids using opioids? A: Definitely not. In both Lebanon & Lancaster Counties, less than 1% of kids have ever tried…

A black and white drawing with bookmarks to color and the headline "Compass Mark's Activity Book"

The Advocacy Team at Compass Mark created a packet containing three lessons with corresponding worksheets for students and families to enjoy at home. The lessons taught on personal strengths, time management, and goal setting. Even the cover page offered a chance to color and cut out your own bookmark! The packets were printed and dispersed…

A photo of a community board in downtown Lancaster, PA asks everyone in English & Spanish, "what are changes you want to see in our community?" there are many replies, too small to read

As an organization dedicated to the prevention of addiction, Compass Mark is acutely aware of the impacts of trauma, violence, and inequity in our community. We grieve the disproportionate loss of life and freedoms experienced by people of color, and recognize that our vision of a healthy community for all cannot be realized when systemic…

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COVID-19 Update Lancaster & Lebanon Counties Treatment & Recovery Services The addiction field is considered a life-sustaining service and is working hard to adapt treatment, support groups, and recovery services to safely meet the needs of people affected by substance use and gambling disorders. Although our offices are closed to the public, we are still…

A group of middle school students in matching shirts stand in front of a huge banner reading "Building Community Day"

LFG Students Leaders of Future Generations (LFG) is a school-based prevention program offered by Compass Mark for middle and high school youth who exhibit leadership potential. Students, mentors, Compass Mark facilitators, and youth advocates meet together for 12 weeks during their afterschool program to explore topics such as communication, personal values, managing conflict, and leadership….

A coloful eagle stretches along the hall of a middle school. It's feathers are made up of indivual cut-outs with inspirational words written by the kids.

Compass Mark’s dedicated teams work to fulfill the mission to prevent addiction through education, skill-building, and community mobilization. Lauren Krebs, Youth Leadership Advocate I haven’t been here long but I did get to witness Landis Run Intermediate School’s community service project day and it was great. The children started the day by handing out bracelets…

Compass Mark's logo with the tagline "Science-Based Addiction Prevention"

Compass Mark’s mission is to prevent addiction through education, skill-building, and community mobilization.   On Monday, October 7th, Compass Mark hosted two of the original Freedom Writers, Tony Becerra, and Cynthia Ray, to share their stories with our community. The night was filled with messages of inspiration, empowerment, and resiliency. We celebrated both the 20th…

Recovery Month Celebrates Healing and Thriving Imagine having an illness that is often fatal, but can be recovered from—a highly stressful situation. Now imagine the general public not only believes that recovery is impossible but also blames you for having this illness. Beliefs are powerful, and can determine whether an illness is secret or shared;…

A group of tweens and teens pose in summer clothes in a wooded stream

Our 2019 Kids Kampers doing some exploring. Compass Mark is guiding youth and adults toward healthy, addition-free lives. . . thanks to your generosity! Individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations and community groups across Lancaster and Lebanon counties have helped Compass Mark gain tremendous momentum in 2019.  Our school-based programs are reaching more young people, new and…

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