Entries by Youth First


Parenting Your Teen Through Heartbreak

By Deena Bodine, MSW, LCSW, Youth First, Inc. Parenting presents many rewards and challenges. Watching our children grow into teenagers who are working to manage demands, grow more independent, and build interpersonal relationships is one of those rewarding experiences.  During the adolescent years, our teens are likely to experience milestones, including an interest in more romantic […]


The Power of Positive Reinforcement

By Brittney Cameron, MSW, Youth First, Inc. One of the most difficult parts of parenting is managing your child’s behavior. Behavior management is crucial because we want to raise kids who know how to act and behave appropriately, both at home and in social settings. So how do you manage your child’s behavior? Do you […]

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Kendrick Foundation to Award $75,000 to Youth First Grant to Provide Expanded Mental Health Support and Substance Use Prevention for Morgan County Youth

The Kendrick Foundation continues to invest in the well-being of Morgan County youth. A grant award of $75,000 will be presented to Youth First, Inc. on Wednesday, March 1, at 10:00 am ET. The check presentation will be held at Mooresville High School, 550 N Indiana St, Mooresville, IN. The media is invited to attend. The Kendrick Foundation’s vision of serving as […]


Celebrating the History and Impact of Social Work

By Jacee Baker, MSW, Youth First, Inc. Every year in March, we are thankful for the opportunity to celebrate our Youth First Social Workers and the remarkable work they do. This year we are celebrating 83 incredible school social workers who provide programs and services to students across 13 Indiana counties. These amazing individuals change the lives of thousands of kids […]


Talking to Your Children About Safety

By Kacie Shipman, MSW, LSW, Youth First, Inc. Parenting is no easy task. It’s safe to say that most parents have felt concern over the well-being of their child. Talking to your children about important topics can be uncomfortable for a lot of parents. Often times, the feelings of being uncomfortable come from a lack […]


REACH Out to Someone with Addiction

By Teresa Mercer, MSW, LCSW, LCAC, Youth First, Inc. Millions of people in the United States are affected by substance misuse. In the last few years, death rates from opiate and fentanyl overdoses have been increasing among young people, which is alarming and disturbing. The simple definition of addiction is this: “Continuing to seek and […]


You Are Worthy!

By Krissy Melhiser, MSW, LCSW, Youth First, Inc. Have you ever taken some time to think about your self-worth? Do you tend to build yourself up or tear yourself down with your words or thoughts? Self-esteem is an invisible force that makes up who we are. It can affect many facets of our lives, and […]


Community Foundation of Morgan County Awards $10,000 to Youth First
Gift to Support Morgan County Students and Families

February 1, 2023 The Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC) is investing in mental health support for K-12 youth. A $10,000 grant award was presented to Youth First, Inc., by CFMC on Thursday, January 19. The check presentation was held at Bell Intermediate Academy in Martinsville, with CFMC, Metropolitan School District of Martinsville, Mooresville Consolidated […]