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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

Ashley Hale, LCSW – Dec. 10, 2019 Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success in school and in life.   An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students miss 18 or more days of a school year, which averages two days per month.  Some challenges are […]

By Jaclyn Durnil, MSW – Dec. 3, 2019 “If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy.” – Kristen Chenowith Why is it so difficult to love ourselves? Basically, the short answer to this question is that we were […]

Amy Steele, LCSW, RPT – Nov. 29, 2019 In any sport, there are a number of skills that one must learn to be successful. The skill of being a good loser will take kids far in life, whether they play sports for one season or make it as a professional athlete. It is a skill […]

By Callie Sanders, LSW – Nov. 12, 2019 What do famous authors J.K. Rowling and Ernest Hemingway and geniuses Nikola Tesla and Bill Gates all have in common? They walk. Walking allows them to think clearly, form ideas, brainstorm with colleagues during meetings, and cure writer’s block, just to name a few. Science has confirmed […]

By Lisa Cossey, LCSW – Nov. 12, 2019 With Fall officially here and Halloween already past, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. It is nice to look forward to time with family and friends and to participate in ongoing family traditions. A family tradition is something that is recreated, year after year, enhancing […]

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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.

Motherof student helped by a Youth First Social Worker

You make my heart feel good.

Elementary school studentto her Youth First Social Worker

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.

John KaminExec. Vice President & CIO, Provident Bank

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

Elementary school studentto his Youth First Social Worker

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.”

Ronald D. RomainChairman & CEO, United Companies

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

Elementary school studentto her Youth First Social Worker

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.

Carl ChapmanRetired Chairman, President & CEO, Vectren Corporation

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.

Kevin R. BainRetired Executive Director & CEO, Welborn Baptist Foundation

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