Entries by Youth First


Raising a Feminist Son

By Brooke Skipper, LCSW, February 19, 2019 – The word feminism is often criticized by society. There are many who may not even read an article with the word feminism in the title. In all actuality, feminism is defined as equality of the sexes. At its core, feminism just means believing we are all equal […]


Raising Independent Children

By Amy Steele, LCSW, LAC, RPT, February 12, 2019 – Independence and self-reliance are valuable skills to equip children with as they grow. We want them to be able to take care of themselves and not have to rely on others meet their needs.  To nurture and develop those skills we have to start early […]


Why Do We Need Manners?

By Katherine S. Baker, LCSW, January 29, 2019 – It appears to me that good manners seem to be lacking these days.  Many of us were taught from childhood how to be polite.  We learn to say please and thank you, how to be respectful to our elders, how to be nice to other children […]

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2019 Passport to Adventure Auction

CLICK HERE to visit the online bidding site for Youth First’s 17th annual Passport to Adventure Auction, which will be held on April 11, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom in downtown Evansville, IN. The doors will open at 4:30 pm. The silent auction will begin at 5:00 pm and the live auction will take […]


Helping Children Cope with Upsetting News

By Jaclyn Durnil, MSW, January 15, 2019 – Telling a child that someone has died can be difficult. Most children are aware of death, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they understand it. Children may have seen someone die on television or in a movie, or some of their friends may have lost a loved one. […]


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 […]