Entries by Youth First


Adjusting to a Different Holiday Season- Part One

By Nolan Miller, LSW- December 2, 2020- Just like a lot of things these days, the upcoming holidays will be different this year. Extended family get-togethers are not safe, and our traditions might not look the same as they did in previous years.  Change isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however. As we get closer to […]

Helping Children Learn to Express Powerful Emotions

By Megan Shake, LSW- November 25, 2020- They can happen anywhere – the grocery store, the doctor’s office, restaurants, school, or home. If your child is prone to meltdowns, you know they can strike at any time and any place! The first step in helping children manage meltdowns is to understand why the meltdowns are […]

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Instilling an Attitude of Gratitude

By Jana Pritchett, Communications Manager -November 17, 2020- Even though this year may be a little bit different, as Thanksgiving nears many of us are focused on holiday traditions – eating turkey and pumpkin pie, celebrating with family, and shopping on Black Friday.  However, as we gather around the table, it’s also a great time […]

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Youth First and Joshua Academy Win $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Grant

Youth First, Inc. will join with Joshua Academy to boost the mental health and well-being of its students thanks to a $25,000 grant from State Farm and the many Evansville area supporters who voted for their project. Nationwide 145,000 people cast nearly four million votes in support of their favorite causes through the State Farm […]


Family Traditions are Still Important this Year

By Jana Pritchett, Communications Manager -November 11, 2020- We’re entering the peak season for family traditions. Some that I recall from my childhood include enjoying the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while cooking the turkey and trimmings, sharing reasons to be thankful around the dinner table, playing board games with family after a large holiday meal, […]


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 […]