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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….

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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 a four-semester study…

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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…

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…

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…

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