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…

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.

Our mission at Compass Mark is to help families in Lancaster, PA find the tools they need to reduce the risk of substance use in kids. Many of our youth programs are based on a concept known as Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The term sounds fairly academic, but the idea is actually simple: help…

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…

Maybe your teen’s friends have started vaping. Perhaps you suspect your son or daughter is already using e-cigarettes. Here’s what you need to know about e-cigarettes and teenagers. What is an e-cigarette?

Recent headlines have highlighted the profound impact of heroin abuse—a trend that’s triggered plenty of necessary conversations about prevention and treatment efforts in Lancaster, PA and across the country. These discussions about heroin are important; however parents, teachers, and other concerned adults shouldn’t take their focus off a more prevalent problem in our community: alcohol.

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…

We’re waving wild Muppet arms here at Compass Mark because Lancaster County’s Extraordinary Give is just days away. Why are we so excited? Every dollar donated to area organizations on Friday, November 20th

American teenagers are smoking cigarettes less–a dramatic drop of up to 64% in recent years, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recently-released report found that just over 7% of teens smoked cigarettes or cigars in 2013 compared with about 20% in 1997. However the researchers also found

Think performance-enhancing drugs are just a problem for the likes of cycling giants or baseball superstars? Not so fast. The Electronic Sports League (ESL), which oversees competitive video gaming, recently announced that players would be banned from using medications like Adderall unless they had a doctor’s note. Additionally, ESL said it would begin testing its…

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