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Last month Compass Mark, in partnership with the Lancaster Lebanon IU13, held the annual Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Summit. This event was designed to teach schools and administrators on how to integrate the PAYS substance use data in local planning. Summit attendees learned how to read and interpret the data, recognize, and address risk factors,…

Sitting on the Dock

Kids Kamp Continues! Leaders of Future Generations Embrace Change and Practice Resiliency  This year has been filled with unprecedented challenges. At Compass Mark, we value resilience and weave this principle into each of our programs. This summer our Leaders of Future Generation program participants fully lived this value during their week at camp. In lieu…

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 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…

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COVID-19 Update Lancaster & Lebanon Counties Treatment & Recovery Services The addiction field is considered a life-sustaining service and is working hard to adapt treatment, support groups, and recovery services to safely meet the needs of people affected by substance use and gambling disorders. Although our offices are closed to the public, we are still…

A group of middle school students in matching shirts stand in front of a huge banner reading "Building Community Day"

LFG Students Leaders of Future Generations (LFG) is a school-based prevention program offered by Compass Mark for middle and high school youth who exhibit leadership potential. Students, mentors, Compass Mark facilitators, and youth advocates meet together for 12 weeks during their afterschool program to explore topics such as communication, personal values, managing conflict, and leadership….

It’s common for people who have experienced the addiction of a loved one to want to help others. In 2018, the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) the credentialing body for professionals in the behavioral and community health fields, created an opportunity for adults who have been directly impacted by another person’s substance use disorder to do…

A coloful eagle stretches along the hall of a middle school. It's feathers are made up of indivual cut-outs with inspirational words written by the kids.

Compass Mark’s dedicated teams work to fulfill the mission to prevent addiction through education, skill-building, and community mobilization. Lauren Krebs, Youth Leadership Advocate I haven’t been here long but I did get to witness Landis Run Intermediate School’s community service project day and it was great. The children started the day by handing out bracelets…

Our Family Services Advocate, Lindsey Ober, participated in the event’s featured panel; Women in the Justice System.  The Maze of Injustice showcased in Ronks, PA was held by the Vera Institute of Justice. The maze was created on a 3-acre cornfield to symbolize the challenges that individuals face while navigating our criminal justice system. Displayed within…

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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