Entries by Youth First


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 […]


Embracing Family Traditions

By Kacie Shipman, LSW, Nov. 21, 2018 – The holidays are coming, and many people have special family traditions they enjoy observing this time of year. Family traditions hold values and beliefs that are passed down from one generation to the next. Traditions help children feel a sense of belonging and consistency in their family. […]


Teaching Kids to be Grateful

By Vicki Kirkman, LCSW, LCAC, Nov. 15, 2018 – Imagine the following scene: There are bright balloons, a delicious cake and a room full of happy friends celebrating your child’s birthday.  As each of the birthday gifts is unwrapped, you hold your breath and wait for your child to say, “Thank you!” It can be so […]


Social Media Affects Young Minds

By Megan Lottes, LSW, Nov. 5, 2018 – You don’t have to look very far these days to find a preteen or teen glued to their phone texting and scrolling through social media. Like many things, social media has advantages and disadvantages. It breaks down geographical barriers, allows us to stay connected to family and […]


Parenting is a Team Effort

By Jordan Beach, LSW, Oct 31, 2018 – Before having children I seriously undervalued the saying, “It takes a village.”  I had serious doubts that someone else could possibly know what was best for my child. Once that baby came home, however, it became increasingly clear at an alarmingly fast rate that raising this child […]