Entries by Youth First

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Talking to Your Teen About Substance Use

By Valorie Dassel, LCSW – January 7, 2020 Parenting in this era can be overwhelming. There are many opinions and parenting styles that can be argued.  However, when we are facing drug and alcohol use among our teenagers, there must be an “all hands on deck” approach. It is a community issue that requires parents […]

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Healthy and Human

By Katherine Baker, LCSW – Dec. 31, 2019 As the year closes and a new one begins, many people focus on improving their health and well-being. Being human in a world filled with drama and losses can be exhausting.  All too often human sleep patterns are out of sync, causing many of us to be […]

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What Kids Really Want

By Jennifer Kurtz, LCSW – Dec. 24, 2019 Prior to coming to Youth First as a school social worker, I worked with the homeless for 7 years.  Many of the men, women, and children I worked with were staying in a car or in an unfamiliar shelter, maybe living in a hotel, or staying with […]

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Are You on Autopilot?

By Ashley Underwood, LCSW – Dec. 17, 2019 Imagine this scenario: you have a busy and stressful day at work and at the end of the day you get in your car and drive home. The next thing you know, you are parked in your driveway. You made it home, but you don’t remember the […]

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Encourage School Attendance

Ashley Hale, LCSW – Dec. 10, 2019 Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success in school and in life.   An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students miss 18 or more days of a school year, which averages two days per month.  Some challenges are […]

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Kendrick Foundation Awards $56,196 to Youth First, Inc.

Gift Supports the Social and Emotional Needs of Students in Morgan County Kendrick Foundation has awarded $56,196 to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of students in Morgan County. Youth First partners with school districts to embed social workers in school buildings, where they become specialized mentors for students and prevention […]

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Learning to Love Yourself

By Jaclyn Durnil, MSW – Dec. 3, 2019 “If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy.” – Kristen Chenowith Why is it so difficult to love ourselves? Basically, the short answer to this question is that we were […]

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Walking Brilliance

By Callie Sanders, LSW – Nov. 12, 2019 What do famous authors J.K. Rowling and Ernest Hemingway and geniuses Nikola Tesla and Bill Gates all have in common? They walk. Walking allows them to think clearly, form ideas, brainstorm with colleagues during meetings, and cure writer’s block, just to name a few. Science has confirmed […]

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The Importance of Family Traditions

By Lisa Cossey, LCSW – Nov. 12, 2019 With Fall officially here and Halloween already past, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. It is nice to look forward to time with family and friends and to participate in ongoing family traditions. A family tradition is something that is recreated, year after year, enhancing […]