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…

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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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Electronic vaping devices go by many names, such as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pipes, vaping pens, e-hookahs, or hookah pens. They are often easy to conceal and some even give off little vapor and smell, allowing teens to easily conceal them on school grounds. Compass Mark is keeping track of various types of vaping devices…

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Compass Mark Facilitator Nicole Bridgen celebrates the last day of Lions Quest with Rheems Elementary students in Elizabethtown. The Lions Quest® prevention program helps young people develop positive commitments to their families, schools, peers, and communities. Research repeatedly shows us that establishing these commitments and skills at any early age contributes critical protection against future…

A blue ribbon with the words, "Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Have the Conversation."

For the month of March, The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) wants to help people have a conversation about something that affects many Americans, but is talked about by few. “Problem Gambling is a disease that affects over seven million Americans, yet few talk about it,” said National Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director…

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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…

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