Entries by Youth First

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It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Boundaries

By Sophia Blaha, LSW – April 2, 2019 For most parents, talking about boundaries begins with simple statements such as “No hitting,” “Don’t push,” and “Ask before taking things from someone else.”   As a parent I know I say these statements often, but I also try to instill a deeper understanding of boundaries in […]

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Managing Stress for Middle School Students

By Kelsey Weber, LSW – March 26, 2019 Middle school students are faced with challenges each and every day.  Whether these challenges come from home, school, friends, or other environmental factors, stress can overwhelm kids. Stress is an uncomfortable feeling someone develops when they’re scared, angry, worried, or frustrated, which affects their mood and body […]

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It’s Red Ribbon Week! Take a Stand Against Drugs!

By Diane Braun, Project Manager, Oct. 24, 2018 – Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people each year.  This year’s event will take place October 23-31. According to the Red Ribbon Week website, this event is an ideal way for people and communities […]

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Up in Smoke – Marijuana and Teens

By Grace Wilson, Program Coordinator, Oct. 16, 2018 – The conversation around marijuana is a hot topic in our society these days.  Most folks seem to choose one side or the other and not many fall in the middle. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marijuana is the most used illegal […]

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Opioids and Rx Awareness

By Salita Brown, Oct. 19, 2018 – Addiction…overdose…death…all of these serious consequences have become synonymous with opioid use. Opioids are very powerful drugs that have received a lot of news coverage lately. However, through all of the coverage, the reason opioids have become so addictive has gotten lost. So, what exactly is an opioid?  Why […]

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Teen Alcohol Use – A Call to Action

By Diane Braun, Oct. 3, 2018 – The month of October brings Red Ribbon Week, an event supported by the National Family Partnership as an anti-drug campaign.  Since 1986, this campaign has brought awareness to the general public about the dangers of drug abuse, including alcohol, prescription drugs and marijuana. Did you know the greatest […]