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Students of LFG

 Leaders of Future Generations at Taylor Campus Middle School in Columbia Borough School District. Our Leaders of Future Generations program is now up and running in Columbia! Twelve 5th- and 6th-grade students participated and were incredibly enthusiastic to join in the fun! During the first session of 2021, the students collaborated to create their own…

Teen and younger child mix things in bowls at a table- maybe they are making a meal?

Prevention of substance use and gambling disorders is NOT simply about telling kids not to do these things. 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 increase…

Learning

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,…

Helping Hands

Effective and comprehensive school-based prevention programs help students develop social skills, decision-making skills, and coping skills, all of which are important tools for kids in avoiding ATOD use. Since kids are often at-risk years before they actually use, prevention programs should begin as early as elementary school, with frequent reinforcement throughout middle and high school….

Open Sign

Compass Mark is thrilled to announce we have officially opened our doors in Chester County! Our office in Chester County is now offering a comprehensive array of prevention programs.  These new services are available to schools, community organizations, and the public. Among the services to be provided by Compass Mark include a menu of evidence-based…

A neon sign is fixed to a white wall. The letters are white, and read: The Journey is On.

We are thrilled to unveil plans to offer a comprehensive array of prevention programs throughout Chester County.  These new services will be available to schools, community organizations, and the general public through a recently announced contract Compass Mark received from the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services. “At the core of our identity…

A shiny copper balance scale rests on wooden boards stained orange, green, blue, red and purple

An old-fashioned balance scale serves as a good metaphor for how we do addiction prevention. When our prevention specialists are out in the community, we’re asked some predictable questions about our work. Q: Are most kids using opioids? A: Definitely not. In both Lebanon & Lancaster Counties, less than 1% of kids have ever tried…

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….

A group of tweens and teens pose in summer clothes in a wooded stream

Our 2019 Kids Kampers doing some exploring. Compass Mark is guiding youth and adults toward healthy, addition-free lives. . . thanks to your generosity! Individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations and community groups across Lancaster and Lebanon counties have helped Compass Mark gain tremendous momentum in 2019.  Our school-based programs are reaching more young people, new and…

In a classroom, a woman and elementary-aged student pose with a stuffed bear.

Every year, Compass Mark’s Prevention Program Facilitators head into schools in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, delivering evidence-based programs to make our community healthy and strong. Providing elementary students with skill building and resiliency training programs like Lions Quest and empowering older students with leadership training, Compass Mark’s program facilitators work hard to guide students on…

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