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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…

A few months ago, a 17-year-old high school senior and her nine-year-old brother came home from their Lancaster County school and their mom wasn’t there. Kira (not her real name) and Michael had faced this circumstance before, so they went on with their day—snacks, homework, bedtime and getting up for school the following day. Another…

Close up of person in black holding an infant

Compass Mark’s Family Services Advocate program has been available in Lancaster County for the past four years and beginning in March, it is now available to serve children and caregivers in Lebanon County. The Family Services Advocate program identifies, supports, and advocates for the unique needs and rights of children whose parents are incarcerated, and…

A plastic model of a brain- the skull translucent- stands in a public place

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…

A young girl of around five sits on a swing- we see her from the back.

Most people know that traumatic experiences can have severe impacts on children, but they don’t always know how to help. After witnessing or experiencing trauma—which could take the form of anything from natural disasters to the incarceration of a parent—many children experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as anxiety and depression, behavioral…

Childhood trauma can stem from many sources within our homes and in the community, and children can experience it in many forms, including physical or sexual abuse; neglect within the family; or scary events in the community such as school shootings, natural disasters or violence. When a child’s developing brain is under constant stress, the…

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