Entries by Youth First


Change Your Food; Change Your Mood

By Lisa Cossey, LCSW, February 26, 2019 – Most of us have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Recent research into food and the effects it has on the body and mind now have us saying, “Change your food, change your mood.” Our brains are made of many neural pathways, transmitters, and chemicals […]


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 […]


Youth in a Digital World Pros, Cons & Effects of Social Media

To be held Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Crossroads Christian Church Chapel, 10800 Lincoln Ave., Newburgh, IN Youth First, Inc., Warrick County Cares, and Evansville Christian Schools (ECS) are joining to begin a discussion about the pros, cons and effects of social media on our children and youth.  According to the Pew Research […]

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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 […]


Kendrick Foundation Awards $15,160 to Youth First, Inc. to Support Morgan County Students

The Kendrick Foundation has awarded a $15,160 grant to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of students in Mooresville and Martinsville schools. This investment will help Youth First expand its highly impactful model of prevention to reach more youth and families in Morgan County. In partnership with school districts, Youth First […]