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. LFG is…

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…

Outside view of Compass Mark's suburban office building in springtime.

Front entrance for Compass Mark’s new home on Santa Barbara Drive For the first time in over fifty years, the Lancaster office of Compass Mark is calling a new place ‘home.’ In late July, the non-profit addiction prevention provider will be moving from their current location at 630 Janet Avenue in Lancaster to 1891 Santa…

This month, Compass Mark was among the many organizations across the country that celebrated National Prevention Week. This annual health observance is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. For organizations dedicated to preventing substance abuse, this week provides an opportunity to celebrate the past year’s prevention efforts…

In a classroom, a woman and elementary-aged student pose with a stuffed bear.

Every year, Compass Mark’s Prevention Program Facilitators head into schools in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, delivering evidence-based programs to make our community healthy and strong. Providing elementary students with skill building and resiliency training programs like Lions Quest and empowering older students with leadership training, Compass Mark’s program facilitators work hard to guide students on…

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Photo: Ephrata Cares supports “Character Matters” In December of 2018, Compass Mark awarded grants to four deserving local coalitions that are undertaking various prevention projects in the community. These efforts were made possible thanks to funding received from the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission. Recognizing that it truly takes a village to prevent addiction,…

A group of middle school students pose in front of a homemade banner promoting kindness

Image: Lincoln Middle School’s first cohort of LFG addressed bullying and promoted kindness. When the students of the Leaders of Future Generations (LFG) initiative begin the eight-week program, they are asked to brainstorm and write out answers to four questions: How would you change the world? What about your country? How can you change Pennsylvania?…

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