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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By Anne Schober, Youth Leadership Advocate On the first day of each month, before my feet hit the floor, I say “rabbit, rabbit”.  It is a habit. It is also a family tradition which my mother passed on to me when I was a little girl. As the superstition states, you must say those words…

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…

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…

Substance abuse prevention is about so much more than simply telling kids not to use alcohol or other drugs. Effective prevention starts with identifying what children and youth in the community need, and then meeting that need with research-backed strategies. Risk & Protective Factors: The Foundation for Effective Prevention Risk factors are those things that…

How do you prevent kids from making unhealthy choices, like the decision to use alcohol or other drugs? Through the years, concerned adults have tried many different prevention strategies, from scare tactics to one-off school assemblies. However, as researchers continue to make discoveries about adolescents, risk, and addiction, we’ve been able to develop more effective…

The Extraordinary Give from the Lancaster County Community Foundation is almost here! On Friday, November 20th, the Lancaster community has the opportunity to make our county a safer, healthier place to live. For 24 hours, you can donate to hundreds of organizations—and your gift dollars will be stretched with money from a $300,000 fund. Participating…

Nearly 20% of Americans take some type of drug every day to relax, according to a recent Gallup survey. But, as they say in those late-night TV commercials, that’s not all; respondents who reported using drugs to relax scored significantly lower on a Well-Being Index than those who said they never or rarely took drugs….

There’s 104 days in summer vacation / and school comes along just to end it. / So the annual problem for our generation / is finding a good way to spend it. As the popular kids’ series Phineas and Ferb –with its iconic theme song–comes to a close, many parents and concerned caregivers are faced…

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