Entries by Youth First


Back To School Tips

By Christine Weinzapfel-Hayden, LCSW, August 7, 2018 – Most schools have been on summer hiatus. You’ve had close to three months with your children living a relatively carefree summer life.  Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to create some new memories with your family.   It is probably a little hard to believe these summer days together are […]


Heed Warning Signs of Depression in Teens

By Laura Arrick, LCSW, July 24, 2018 –  “You will never understand what I am going through.”  “This is the worst day of my life.” “I am worthless and wish I was never born.” If you are the parent of a teenager you may have heard these words on more than one occasion. Your child […]

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Grants $5,000 to Youth First to Support Social and Emotional Needs of Local Students

At a check presentation on July 16th, Youth First, Inc. was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., through its Community Good Grants Program. The grant will fund Youth First social workers in Vanderburgh County schools to help address the social and emotional needs of […]


Raising Kids Who Care

By Youth First Staff, July 11, 2018 – For instant access to local, national and world news all you have to do is turn on the television, browse the internet or pick up your cell phone. Technology provides us with constant updates and images from natural disasters, political uprisings, and violent crimes. Has our constant […]

Take Advantage of Teachable Moments

By Tiffany Harper, LCSW, July 3, 2018 – Parenting today’s kids can be a challenge. Most parents remember a simpler time when TV shows were wholesome, phones were attached to the wall, and social communication was conducted by writing notes (oftentimes folded creatively and passed in class). In those “simpler times,” it seems that values […]


Get Up and Move!

By Jordan Beach, LCSW, June 26, 2018 – We live in a high-tech world.  Today’s children have been surrounded by technology since the day they were born. As they get older it’s often more difficult to get kids away from their electronic devices to engage in active play. While it is important for children to […]

The Importance of Seeking Help for Your Child

by Heather Miller, LCSW, June 12, 2018 – “It’s probably normal. Every child goes through phases likes this. More than likely he’ll outgrow it.” I was trying to reassure myself there was no reason for concern, but the growing pit in my stomach suggested otherwise. By now I should know that, for me, having a […]