Start the Conversation – Underage Gambling

How do I start the conversation about gambling with the youth that I care about? Educators are always talking to parents about how to have conversations about tough topics like sexuality, drug and alcohol use, and bullying. But one topic … Continued

New Session of Compass Youth Assist Program Starting September 19!

Our Compass Youth Assist Program has a new session starting up this fall! The Compass program matches youth grades 5-12 with a college student mentor to encourage social interactions, teach positive character traits and help youth live a drug free … Continued

“It’s been a fun ride” – Mentoring tie to extend into college years

  By Katie Keyser, Cortland Standard Living and Leisure Editor – Mary Jane Uttech said working with her teen friend, Bridgette Bice, has been “more crazy lately,” since she is now a high school graduate with a job at a … Continued

Help for Struggling Family Member

By Monica Nouvong and Mary Peterson – My family member is struggling with substance use but I really think the center of the problem is anxiety and depression. What can I do to help? What your family member is going … Continued

National Prevention Week: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in our community and across the country. Exposure to both ads and product displays has been shown to make youth more likely to start smoking. The more tobacco marketing kids see, … Continued

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