Entries by Youth First

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CenterPoint Energy Foundation Awards $100,000 to Youth First for Mental Health Support for Delaware Elementary School and Glenwood Leadership Academy Students

CenterPoint Energy Foundation is investing in Indiana youth. The organization has awarded $100,000 to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen the mental health and well-being of students at Delaware Elementary School and Glenwood Leadership Academy in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC). This significant gift from CenterPoint Energy Foundation, along with funding from other sources, will […]


Navigating Divorce with Children

By Emily Bernhardt, LSW Divorce impacts both parents and children within a family. Depending on a child’s age when divorce occurs, it can affect a child’s behavior in different ways. Learning the most common effects of divorce can guide parents through difficult interactions and can also help lessen the stress your child may be feeling.              […]

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Virtual Learning and the Pandemic’s Effect on Educational Achievement

By Kelsey Weber, LCSW The 2022-2023 school year is in session and many teachers are witnessing the effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on learning. With students returning to in-person learning, teachers are noticing a large learning gap. According to the Horace Mann Educators Corporation, teachers are reporting significant learning loss for many students, both academically, […]

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The Importance of Manners and Self-Respect

By Katherine Baker, LCSW, LCAC Most people are looking for ways to be more confident in their daily lives. But what exactly is self-confidence? According to Webster’s Dictionary, “Self-Confidence is defined as confidence in oneself and in one’s powers and abilities.”   A lot of people do not realize that manners and self-confidence are closely related. […]


Talk to Your Teen about the Dangers of Vaping

By Amanda Haney, LSW According to the CDC, electronic cigarettes or vapes have been the most used tobacco product by youths since 2014. Many teens believe that partaking in e-cigarettes or vapes is “no big deal.” Due to this perception, the use of e-cigarettes or vapes amongst teens is rising. Vape products work by heating […]


Encouraging Body Positivity in Teens

By Angel Wagner, LSW Whether we remember them fondly or not, many of us would agree that our teenage years had their share of challenging moments. While teenagers are going through the adventure of figuring out who they are and who they want to become, their bodies are going through physical changes that can be […]


Sleep Issues in Elementary School Kids

By Shannon Loehrlein, LCSW Most parents are familiar with sleep-related issues in infants and toddlers. Developmentally, it is normal for babies to wake up every few hours. Toddlers can also struggle with sleep issues – especially while toilet training. Overall, most sleep-related issues dissipate as children grow older. But what happens when a child who […]


Helping Your Child Make Friends at School

By Audrey Bowlds, LSW Going back to school can be stressful for children in many ways, especially as we continue to deal with the pandemic and its aftereffects. A child diagnosed with a mental or physical illness may also struggle returning to school more than their peers. Whether your child is new to their school […]


Helping Your Child Transition to High School

By Valorie Dassel, LCSW, LCAC The transition from elementary or middle school to high school can come with a wave of emotions for both students and parents. Often there is excitement surrounding the new environment, both socially and academically. Anxiety is also commonly experienced among incoming freshmen. These anxieties often stem from social and academic […]