Talking to your child or loved one about medical marijuana can be difficult to navigate. Often delicate conversations can turn into arguments resulting in hurt feelings. It doesn’t have to be this way. Problems associated with marijuana use: Issues with academic performance – 41% Decreased student motivation – 37% Mental health issues – 36% Nationally,…

Medical marijuana has been a phrase thrown around the news for months now with no real explanation about how it can affect your family. We have sifted through the research for you, so you can be prepared to talk to your loved ones about medical marijuana. What is being legalized? The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act…

Twenty-year-old Kiley Atkins was charged with underage drinking when an arresting officer made a decision that changed her life: He ordered her to attend Compass Mark’s Student Skills for Life program. According to Kiley, the program put her life into perspective. Often times, a positive influence proves to be a better course of discipline than…

What does the word resilience mean to you? Perhaps it brings to mind the image of a rubber band stretched to a breaking point – and then returning quickly back to its normal shape. Or maybe you think of someone who has experienced repeated life challenges and personal loss – but is able to persistently…

School can be a stressful time. Tests, quizzes, and assignments may feel like a crushing weight on a young person’s shoulders. Study drugs are sometimes seen as an easy fix. According to the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, 10% of Lebanon County 12th graders have tried a prescription stimulant without a doctor’s order. Could your loved one be…

Future Generations isn’t just a program offered by Compass Mark, but an opportunity for participants of all ages to be given tools to change their lives. One Future Generations (FG) participant shared her experience: “FG has given me a second home with an amazing extended family. The relationships I have built through this program have…

October is a month that raises awareness two important issues: mental health and medicine abuse. It can be tough to start a conversation on such serious issues with your loved ones. Compass Mark can help: our Student Skills for Life program empowers participants to navigate their emotions, which can help improve mental health and avoid…

Starting a new school year can be a difficult transition period for students. How is your student adapting this year? It can be hard for students to focus if they are facing challenges likes cliques, bullying, and peer pressure. Children and teens need the necessary tools and outlets to handle these tough issues. Compass Mark…

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