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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…

More than 25% of the kids living in Columbia, PA live below the poverty line. Like many other towns in the Northeast, this once-thriving area has struggled through decades of an economic decline that’s pushed out industry, small business, and families. The result is a litany of statistics that creates a daunting snapshot of life…

The Columbia Borough School District decided to take a proactive approach to possible challenges that may come out of the consolidation of Park and Taylor Elementary Schools in the Columbia Borough School District. In November, Bevan Allen, Compass Mark’s Lead Trainer met with students from the fifth and sixth grades at the Taylor Campus to…

Say “risk-taking” and most of us probably think of parachuting from planes or climbing mountains. You might even think of negative risky behaviors, like abusing alcohol or other drugs. But did you know that volunteering is a risk, too? In fact, it’s one that offers real benefits to the volunteer as well as the community….

Say “risk-taking” and most of us probably think of parachuting from planes or climbing mountains. You might even think of negative risky behaviors, like abusing alcohol or other drugs. But did you know that volunteering is a risk, too? In fact, it’s one that offers real benefits to the volunteer as well as the community….

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…

The term Risk is often associated with being a bad thing, but there is another side to risk, a healthy side. Taking a healthy risk is really a way that individuals empower themselves and move forward in life. In the Compass Mark youth program, Future Generations, taking healthy risks is key, especially during Kids Kamp,…

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