Entries by Youth First


Creating an Environment for “Purposeful Technology”

By Abby Betz, LSW – October 1, 2021 – The 2020-2021 school year was marked by adapting to quarantine procedures, social distancing, virtual learning, and masking. While not all fond memories, hopefully some of the aforementioned things will find themselves in our soon-to-be distant past as we move forward in the 2021-2022 school year.  As […]

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Alcoa Foundation Names Youth First, Inc. Among its 2021 Grant Recipients

Gift Supports the Mental Health Success of Students in Warrick County The Alcoa Foundation has announced its 2021 grant recipients, and among those named is Youth First, Inc. The $30,000 grant award for Youth First will support school-based social work programs and services that strengthen the mental health success for thousands of Warrick County students. Youth First […]


Navigating Parent-Teacher Communication

By Deena Bodine, LCSW – September 21, 2021 – Research has shown that students are more successful academically when they have support from their parents. Many parents are eager to jump in to help ensure success in the classroom, but it’s important to allow your child to carry some of the responsibilities related to school […]


Building Strong Family Connections in the “New Normal”

By Chelsea Pfister, MSW – September 15, 2021 – For the past year and a half, families across the country have been working to settle into an ever-changing sense of what’s being referred to as “the new normal.” While simultaneously juggling workload, home life, and family relationships, parents and families are constantly being presented with […]


Parenting with Positivity

By Haley Droste, LCSW – September 10, 2021 – Life is busy. Most parents feel stretched by stressors related to work demands, organizing family schedules, managing household functions like grocery shopping, planning meals, cleaning, and laundry. When we’re stressed as adults, those feelings have a way of spreading through the home, creating an atmosphere where […]


Jazzy the Cat Encourages Children to Read

By Lori Powell, LCSW – September 1, 2021 – Not many people can say they’ve read a story to a cat. Surprisingly, our furry feline friends can prove to be avid listeners, like my cat Jazzy! Jazzy and I have been registered through Pet Partners as an Animal Assisted Therapy Team since 2018. The Paws […]


Incorporating Family Time into Your Schedule

By Staci Chambers, LSW – August 25, 2021 – The last year and a half has certainly provided its fair share of uncertainties and changes. From school and business closures to stay-at-home orders, we have all had to adjust. Those adjustments inevitably lead to spending extended periods of time at home. For some, this provided […]


Teaching Young Children to Follow Directions

By Diane Braun, Project Manager – August 12, 2021 – Many parents struggle with getting their young child’s attention and teaching them to follow simple directions such as picking up toys, throwing away a napkin, or going to bed. What’s the secret to getting them to listen? It starts with making the direction as simple […]


When to Seek Professional Help for your Teen

By Deena Bodine, LCSW – July 28, 2021 – Parenting is no easy task. The teen years are notorious for challenging parents. While these years are a time of growth and a move towards independence for teens, parents may struggle to find a balance between encouraging independence and hovering too much.  Distinguishing normal teenage behavior […]