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…

Four people look out over a valley in the setting (or rising?) sun

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…

A mural on the side of a building has letters and words arranged like a crossword puzzle. In the center we see the word "possible."

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…

high school classroom students at desks

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…

summer day outside people sit on hilltop

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…

national night out logo 2018

Mark your calendar for the National Night Out on August 7, 2018! The evening aims to bring communities together and to promote positive choices. Showing people that they are a part of strong communities and diverse support systems is an important part of prevention! Compass Mark is excited to be invited to participate in NNO…

Kids Kamp 2018 group shot

On June 17th, 22 Kids Kamp campers arrived in Chester County for a memorable and life-changing week of learning and fun, all organized by Compass Mark. The campers, who are often facing a variety of challenging situations, were joined by seven staff counselors and seven high school students serving as mentors. Campers are often nervous…

Big brands that produce alcohol and tobacco products have seemingly unlimited marketing budgets. Watch TV, use the internet and social media, or just drive down the street and you’re exposed to content that makes smoking and drinking seem cool, or just ‘what people do.’ Try as they might, parents can’t shield children from all of…

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