Our Family Services Advocate, Lindsey Ober, participated in the event’s featured panel; Women in the Justice System.  The Maze of Injustice showcased in Ronks, PA was held by the Vera Institute of Justice. The maze was created on a 3-acre cornfield to symbolize the challenges that individuals face while navigating our criminal justice system. Displayed within…


  • Day 1
    October 2, 2019
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2
    October 3, 2019
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Center for Safe Schools at Center for Schools and Communities invites you to join us in October for an engaging conference focused on creating a positive school culture complementing physical and emotional readiness. Hear state and national experts present the latest research in school safety and youth violence prevention, effective program models, promising practices, networking opportunities and more.

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. Risk & Protective Factors: The Foundation for Effective Prevention Risk factors are those things that…

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,…

Once again, the Lancaster Community will come together to support the Extraordinary Give. Every dollar donated during the Friday, November 18th event will be stretched by funds from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and other sponsors. You have many organizations to choose from when it’s time to donate during Extra Give. We’re asking you to invest in our…

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…

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…

Scared straight programs. Whether you’ve seen mocked-up drunken driving crash scenes with bloodied teens playing “dead” or watched drug danger school assemblies, you may be familiar with these programs designed to frighten kids into good behavior. But do scare tactics work for preventing substance abuse and other risky behaviors?

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