Entries by Youth First


Music on the Brain

By Callie Sanders, LSW, January 8, 2019 – Music is a universal language. It is the gateway for optimal brain health, longevity, and happiness. In the world of research, neuromusicology explores the nervous system’s response to music and how it activates every part of the brain. Studies performed on musicians reveal significant brain health and […]


Catching Z’s

By Jenna Whitfield, MSW, January 2, 2019 – Is your teen getting enough sleep? If not, it could be impacting their life in negative ways. According to webmd.com, lack of sleep is one of the top sources of stress for teens. The recommended amount of sleep in order to function and perform well is 9 […]


Don’t Ignore “Unhappy” Holidays

By Youth First, December 24, 2018 Depression: it happens, especially this time of year with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. If you already battle some depression, it’s the most important time of year to learn to take care of yourself. Depression doesn’t look the same for every person, and it happens for many […]


What Kids Really Need This Holiday Season

By Jana Pritchett, Communications Manager – December 17, 2018 Christmas is almost here, and kids everywhere are hoping to be on Santa’s good list.  Interactive toys like the Nintendo Switch and Hatchimals are on many kids’ lists, as are classics like Legos, Play-Doh and Barbie. We all hope to give our children the presents they […]


Home Bank Awards $30,000 to Youth First, Inc.

Gift Supports the Social and Emotional Needs of Morgan County Students Home Bank awarded a $30,000 challenge gift to Youth First, Inc. Tuesday to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of students in Martinsville and Mooresville schools. The funds will help Youth First grow its highly impactful model of prevention in Morgan County, but other […]


Heart of Youth First Luncheon Honors Warrick County Supporters

Youth First, Inc. celebrated growth in Warrick County schools and honored Warrick County supporters and donors at its annual Heart of Youth First luncheon, presented by German American Bank and sponsored by Edward Jones, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in Castle High School’s Community Room. Speakers included Gene Raber, Principal of Lynnville Elementary School, who […]


Steve Fritz Named 2018 Champion of Youth First

Youth First, Inc. honored former Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation educator and administrator Steve Fritz at its 11th Annual Breakfast of Champions event on Tuesday, October 23rd at St. Vincent Manor in Evansville. Fritz received the Dr. William Wooten Champion of Youth First Award at the event, sponsored by German American.  With over 300 attendees, the organization […]

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Youth First Announces New Regional Development Officer

Youth First, Inc. is pleased to announce that Adam Novello has been named Regional Development Officer effective October 8, 2018. Adam lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and will handle fundraising and advocacy efforts in Monroe, Morgan, and Orange counties. Adam brings with him nearly five years of philanthropy, event planning, and relationship management experience. Adam was […]


Take Steps Now to De-Stress the Holidays

By Youth First – December 10, 2018 Sometimes the demands of this busy season can override the inherent joy, allowing stress to be an unwelcome guest at the table. Here are some tips to help reduce stress and appreciate the upcoming holidays. Put first things first. In the words of Dr. Redford  Williams,  director of […]


Encouraging Creativity

By Ellen Dippel, MSW, December 3, 2018 – Technology gives us access to information at the speed of light and communication with others in an instant.  People can order their groceries, do all of their banking, and even take a college-level class – all with just a smart phone. There is an application for virtually […]