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by Jennifer Grant “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year. “ This was the first New Year’s quote I saw and it made me think about all of the programs and services Compass Mark provides to the community, what has been accomplished…

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Preventing drug and alcohol abuse in our county isn’t something that Compass Mark can tackle alone — it takes a village. Just as recovering from substance abuse takes a support team, keeping our communities informed and making healthy decisions requires a team effort. One of the many ways that we expand the reach and impact…

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Compass Mark offers numerous school-based prevention programs that serve kindergarten through 12th grade students in our community. Now, thanks to the hard work of Public Relations majors at Millersville University, we’re one step closer to serving more students at the college level. The college years can be a particularly vulnerable time. In fact, studies have…

A group of middle-school students stand on the steps of Thaddeus Stevens College

Thanks to the many generous donors who support Compass Mark’s mission to prevent addiction, Compass Mark is planning a new initiative that will make a big difference at three local schools. Compass Mark recently combined the Future Generations after-school program and the Leadership Institute to form the Leaders of Future Generations program, a blended school…

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People struggling with substance abuse were once, and sometimes still are, judged harshly. Today, we know addiction is a disease, just as cancer, diabetes and other common ailments are. The National Institute of Drug Abuse, respected institutions like the American Medical Association and studies published in notable publications all define addiction as a disease. According…

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When the term “substance abuse” is mentioned, your mind likely goes to Pennsylvania’s much-publicized opioid crisis, but the issues of substance abuse are much broader.  While they receive special attention in October during National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, these issues require attention all year round. That’s why Compass Mark’s dedicated Prevention Specialists work to build…

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By Anne Schober, Youth Leadership Advocate I love summer. I love the idea of wearing flip-flops every day, soaking up the sun while sipping on lemonade, enjoying a refreshing dip in the pool, savoring Lancaster County sweet corn, catching fireflies and watching the sunset. . . summer is my season. And yet, October excites me….

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By Anne Schober, Youth Leadership Advocate It was a gloomy Tuesday morning and I had a confession I needed to make to Richard: I was nervous. I was nervous about beginning our new program. I was nervous about change. I was nervous that I was going to fall on my face and not get back…

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As the new school year begins, Compass Mark is gearing up for prevention programming in partnership with area school districts in Lebanon and Lancaster counties. Effective and comprehensive school-based prevention programs help students develop social skills, decision-making skills and coping skills, all of which are important tools in avoiding potentially harmful behaviors. Children are often…

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When many people hear the word “prevention” in the context of substance abuse, they may recall the prevention methods of yesteryear: emotionally charged school assemblies, disturbing photos of gruesome side effects or a health teacher that tried to “scare them straight.” These sorts of techniques have been proven to be largely ineffective, and they have…

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