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Parents, It’s Time to Give Students Grace

By Laura Keys, Vice President of Social Work & Programs -November 3, 2020- Well, here we are – still in the midst of a pandemic, mostly back in school, mostly back at work, but not quite back to normal. Most Hoosier children returned to school by Labor Day. Some schools have had to close intermittently […]


Up in Smoke – Marijuana and Teens

By Grace Wilson, Program Coordinator – October 28, 2020- 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 […]


Opioid Awareness

By Salita Brown, Project Manager -October 22, 2020- Addiction… overdose… death… serious consequences that have become synonymous with opioid use. Opioids are very powerful drugs that have received significant media attention in the past years. However, through all of the coverage the reason opioids have become so addictive has gotten lost. So, what exactly is […]


What is Red Ribbon Week, and Why Does it Matter?

By Diane Braun- October 15, 2020- 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 to unite and […]


Coping Skills: Back to the Basics

By Abby Betz, LSW- October 7, 2020- During difficult times in our lives, specifically a global pandemic, we can easily become overwhelmed with simply trying to take care of ourselves. With multitudes of websites and books on self-care and countless “how-to” guides, it can be tough to decide what works best. The purpose of practicing […]


Pandemic Self-Care for Parents

By Shannon Loehrlein, LCSW -October 1, 2020- This time last year, no one dreamed 2020 would bring a worldwide pandemic. We were forced to adjust very quickly to quarantines, stay-at-home orders, social distancing, travel restrictions, working remotely and masks. Who knew a year ago we would be using terms like “social distancing” and “face masks” […]


Reopening Safely

By Jenna Kruse, LSW – September 23, 2020 – Being a parent of a teenager is difficult enough without adding the stress of navigating a pandemic. After being stuck at home for several months, most teens are ready to stay in school, see their friends, and return to any sense of normalcy. As guidelines continue […]


It Starts With Hello

By Ashley Underwood, LCSW – September 16, 2020 – Hi. Hello. Hola. Bonjour. Ciao. Oi. Each one of these greetings, along with many others, is the gateway for social interaction. Social interaction with others helps create a culture of inclusion and acceptance. According to Ferris State University, inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent […]

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Hoosier Uplands Awards $15,000 to Youth First for Social/Emotional Needs of Students in Orange County

Hoosier Uplands has awarded $15,000 to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of students in Orange County. Youth First partners with school districts to embed social workers in school buildings, where they become specialized mentors for students and prevention coaches for parents and teachers. Youth First Social Workers build caring relationships, […]