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Brightly colored red and blue and gold image shows kids doing fun things and "Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free."

Compass Mark, once again, paired with the Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse to distribute red ribbons to school across Lebanon County.  Students will wear the ribbons to help celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 23rd through October 31st.   The Red Ribbon Week Campaign serves to educate youth and promote involvement in drug…

Two men stand outside under a tent in back of cardboard boxes. They are wearing masks.

On Saturday October 21st Josh Mountz, Compass Mark Prevention Specialist, joined Chief Todd Breiner from the Lebanon City Police for the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day.  The event is dedicated to collecting unused or expired medication to make sure that they do not get into the wrong hands.  Pennsylvania Youth Survey data states that…

Learning

Last month Compass Mark, in partnership with the Lancaster Lebanon IU13, held the annual Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Summit. This event was designed to teach schools and administrators on how to integrate the PAYS substance use data in local planning. Summit attendees learned how to read and interpret the data, recognize, and address risk factors,…

The Positive Change Conference is Lancaster County’s community conference on addiction, serving helping professionals, college students, and anyone interested in addiction prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. Although it’s been an annual event in one form or another since 1991, Compass Mark ran the event from 2012 to 2018, when we began a partnership with Millersville…

Helping Hands

Effective and comprehensive school-based prevention programs help students develop social skills, decision-making skills, and coping skills, all of which are important tools for kids in avoiding ATOD use. Since kids are often at-risk years before they actually use, prevention programs should begin as early as elementary school, with frequent reinforcement throughout middle and high school….

Open Sign

Compass Mark is thrilled to announce we have officially opened our doors in Chester County! Our office in Chester County is now offering a comprehensive array of prevention programs.  These new services are available to schools, community organizations, and the public. Among the services to be provided by Compass Mark include a menu of evidence-based…

Ashley Denlinger is eager to join the Compass Mark team through fulfilling the role of Prevention Specialist. She will specifically be helping to facilitate the Leaders of Future Generations program, as well as other school-based programs. Ashley has grown up in Lancaster County and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the same community today. After graduating high school and participating in…

Sitting on the Dock

Kids Kamp Continues! Leaders of Future Generations Embrace Change and Practice Resiliency  This year has been filled with unprecedented challenges. At Compass Mark, we value resilience and weave this principle into each of our programs. This summer our Leaders of Future Generation program participants fully lived this value during their week at camp. In lieu…

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…

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