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Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success.

Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success.

Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success.

Youth First partners with schools churches businesses communities local agencies to provide
a menu of proven programs and strategies.

News

By Valorie Dassel, LCSW, LCAC – May 19, 2020 – All of our lives have changed with the pandemic, guidelines for social distancing and stay-at-home orders. We have been challenged to find new routines and a new normal during these unprecedented times. While many of us have met the challenge with positive adjustments, some have […]

By Jordan Beach, LSW – May 12, 2020 – It’s not pleasant to think about, but unfortunately many children are abused or neglected every day, sometimes by their parents or guardians. In most states teachers are mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect. In some states, including Indiana, every single person is considered a mandated […]

By Grace Wilson – May 12, 2020 – Have you talked with your kids about the dangers of underage drinking? It can certainly be a difficult topic to navigate. You may ask yourself all sorts of questions: When is the right time to have the conversation? How will it go? Will they think I’m accusing […]

By Jordan Beach, LSW – May 5, 2020 – As I am writing this I am following our state’s stay-at-home orders by practicing social distancing and working from home. For a lot of us this means working with children and spouses also in the home. It’s not necessarily the most ideal work environment, but we […]

By Shannon Loehrlein, LCSW – April 21, 2020 – COVID-19 has led us into uncharted territory. Never before have schools across the country closed because of a pandemic.  As adults we may be worried about the future. How long will schools and businesses remain closed? We may also be worried about how closures will affect […]

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What Youth First supporters say

“I feel it is vitally important to have availability and access to Youth First Social Workers in all the schools and in as many youth programs as possible. It literally saved my daughter’s life and provided me with a sounding board and a helping hand during the rough patches when I didn’t know where to turn.”

“You make my heart feel good.”

“Today, our youth face so many more pressures. Add to that the rise in poverty, drugs, pressure to grow up too quickly, social media, family issues, and it should come as no surprise that many children need help. They need that trusted third party with whom they can converse, vent, and ask advice. They need Youth First.”

“Mrs. C., when I talk to you I feel brave.”

“Over the last twenty years, Youth First has taken a firm stance in our community on behalf of young people. They have demonstrated significant leadership in helping to improve many of the serious substance abuse issues in our city and region, all while enhancing our most important assets…young people and strong families. I believe we should all invest in their future through Youth First.”

“Mrs. A., if people can be safe places, you’re my safe place.”

“Vectren believes in Youth First’s mission because its progress should result in a healthier and safer community by addressing some of the most costly problems such as drug abuse and graduation rates. Their very successful focus on students’ success in school should also contribute to a higher quality workforce. We believe our contribution advances a very strong partnership between Youth First and the local schools.”

“Youth First’s multifaceted programming comprehensively addresses both youth and their families – among the most important targets for the Welborn Baptist Foundation. Through their school-based social workers and other prevention and early intervention resources, Youth First is tackling risk factors like substance abuse and family conflicts, using evidence-based programming models and a deep understanding of our community.”

“My child’s Youth First Social Worker Tiffany Harper was like a second mother/best friend to her. She was able to tell her things she was afraid to tell me, because she didn’t want me to worry. Ms. Harper contacted me when things got very bad and I was able to get my daughter the intensive treatment she needed at that time. If Ms. Harper hadn’t been there, I can’t imagine what would have happened. I don’t want to imagine. I’m so thankful for Youth First Social Workers!”

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