Entries by Youth First


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 […]


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 […]


Raising Siblings of Kids with Special Needs

By Heather Miller, LCSW – Nov. 5, 2019 Parents of a child with special needs have many to-do lists that involve various types of therapies and appointments throughout the week. With life already busy, the extra time commitment chips away at any free time that could be available. This not only impacts the parents but […]

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Alcoa Foundation Awards $30,000 to Youth First, Inc.

Gift Supports the Social and Emotional Needs of Students in Warrick County In a presentation on October 29, Alcoa Foundation awarded $30,000 to Youth First, Inc. to support school-based social work programs and services that strengthen the social and emotional well-being for thousands of Warrick County students. Youth First partners with school districts across Indiana […]


The Secret of Happiness Isn’t So Secret

By Shannon Loehrlein, LCSW – October 29, 2019 Over the summer I participated in a free online class offered by Yale University called, “The Science of Well-Being.” It is taught by Dr. Laurie Santos.  I have recently learned that Dr. Santos will be starting a podcast called “The Happiness Lab,” which I am looking forward […]


Dan Arens Named 2019 Champion of Youth First

Youth First, Inc. honored community leader and former board member Dan Arens at its 13th Annual Breakfast of Champions event on Tuesday, October 22nd at St. Vincent Manor in Evansville. Arens received the Dr. William Wooten Champion of Youth First Award at the event, sponsored by German American. In addition to recognizing Arens, the organization […]


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

By Diane Braun, Project Manager – Oct. 22, 2019 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 […]


Underage Drinking – The Social Media Impact

To be held tonight, Monday, October 21st, 6:00-8:00 pm Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, 200 S. E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Browning Room Youth First, Inc. is hosting a town hall forum to increase community awareness on the effects social media has on the teen brain, especially when it pertains to substance use and its […]


Up in Smoke – Marijuana & Teens

By Grace Wilson, Program Coordinator – Oct. 15, 2019 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 […]


Opioids and Rx Awareness

By Salita Brown, Project Manager – Oct. 8, 2019 Addiction…overdose…death…all of these serious consequences have become synonymous with opioid use. Opioids are very powerful drugs that have received a lot of news coverage lately. However, through all of the coverage the reason opioids have become so addictive has gotten lost. So, what exactly is an […]