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…

Opioid abuse has garnered plenty of attention lately—with good reason. However, it’s also important for the Lancaster and Lebanon communities to stay aware of the risks associated with other drugs, including cocaine.

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.

What type of youth substance abuse prevention is most effective? At Compass Mark, our mission is to find evidence-based prevention programs and put them to work in Lancaster and Lebanon. Many of our youth programs are based on social and emotional learning (SEL), a term that defines acquiring the skills that help children make healthier,…

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…

Compass Mark recently welcomed Eric Kennel as its new Executive Director. Eric, who previously served as Director of Grant Development for multiservice nonprofit Liberty Lutheran, says he’s proud to be part of the Compass Mark team. He adds:

When it comes to preventing youth substance abuse, once-and-done assemblies or three-word phrases (Just say no!) simply don’t work. Rather, substance abuse prevention requires a more thorough approach. Learn about the risk factors that can lead to the use of alcohol and other drugs, and how protective factors can give kids the foundation they need…

The Lancaster, PA community gathered to celebrate addiction recovery during the annual Recovery Walk and Rally at Clipper Magazine Stadium on August 28, 2016. The event featured main speaker Tim Stoddard, founder of SoberNation,  a nationwide resource center and online community for those in recovery. Other attendees shared their stories of addiction and recovery as…

What’s in a word? Quite a bit, especially if you’re a person in recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. A person labeled as a “junkie” may have a harder time maintaining recovery when they feel like they’ve been publicly branded by their fellow community members. Mental Health America, a nonprofit focused on…

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…

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