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…

A group of seven teens relax outside of school.

If you’ve wondered if prevention programs can actually make a difference here is some encouraging news: new data show that more youth today have healthier behaviors than youth of 25 years ago. Data from the Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance Survey, released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), shows that children are increasingly…

teen girl resting her chin in her hands

The Pennsylvania Youth Survey or “PAYS” is a biennial survey of youth in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. This voluntary survey is designed to gather information about youth’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use to help communities address root causes of antisocial behavior. The PAYS helps to identify risk…

A total of 53 5th and 6th graders from Landis Run Intermediate School spent 8 weeks completing the first year of Compass Mark’s Leadership Institute after-school program. There were three separate cohorts of 15-20 students spread out through the 2017-2018 school year working together to first learn about leadership qualities, and then to create and…

Across the spectrum of programs and services at Compass Mark there are moving stories of personal success: a mother finding a way to afford help for her daughter; a grandmother finding her path as a caregiver for a child with an incarcerated parent; a young person seeing hope and a way out of addiction. Below…

Talking to your child or loved one about medical marijuana can be difficult to navigate. Often delicate conversations can turn into arguments resulting in hurt feelings. It doesn’t have to be this way. Problems associated with marijuana use: Issues with academic performance – 41% Decreased student motivation – 37% Mental health issues – 36% Nationally,…

Twenty-year-old Kiley Atkins was charged with underage drinking when an arresting officer made a decision that changed her life: He ordered her to attend Compass Mark’s Student Skills for Life program. According to Kiley, the program put her life into perspective. Often times, a positive influence proves to be a better course of discipline than…

October is a month that raises awareness two important issues: mental health and medicine abuse. It can be tough to start a conversation on such serious issues with your loved ones. Compass Mark can help: our Student Skills for Life program empowers participants to navigate their emotions, which can help improve mental health and avoid…

If your friends jumped off a bridge would you do it too? Whether you heard that phrase as a kid or you find yourself saying it to your own children, the concept is all too familiar to most of us. Now researchers are discovering there’s a foundation for that question moms, dads, and other adults…

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