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Youth First

Our Mission

Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success.

Youth First exists to strengthen and transform the lives of young people and their families. Youth First Social Workers provide specialized mentoring and caring support to students in partnering schools, readily available to assess and address students, family and school needs. Youth First prevention programs give kids the readiness, resiliency, and relationship skills needed to face life’s challenges.

Youth First in
the Catholic Diocese

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville, contact Ali Langen, Regional Development Officer.

Find out more about Youth First Social Workers available in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville.

Our Mission

Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success.

Youth First exists to strengthen and transform the lives of young people and their families. Youth First Social Workers provide specialized mentoring and caring support to students in partnering schools, readily available to assess and address students, family and school needs. Youth First prevention programs give kids the readiness, resiliency, and relationship skills needed to face life’s challenges.

Youth First in the Catholic Diocese

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville, contact Ali Langen, Regional Development Officer.

Find out more about Youth First Social Workers available in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville

Our Mission

Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success.

Youth First exists to strengthen and transform the lives of young people and their families. Youth First Social Workers provide specialized mentoring and caring support to students in partnering schools, readily available to assess and address students, family and school needs. Youth First prevention programs give kids the readiness, resiliency, and relationship skills needed to face life’s challenges.

Youth First in the Catholic Diocese

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville, contact Ali Langen, Regional Development Officer.

Find out more about Youth First Social Workers available in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville

Catholic Diocese News

By Deena Bodine, LCSW – May 14, 2019 Life can place many demands on us: work obligations, financial pressures, health issues…the list goes on. These life stressors can make it difficult to be at our best as parents, especially when we feel overwhelmed, frustrated, discouraged, or defeated. During this time, we may even begin second-guessing […]

By Sarah Laury, LCSW – May 7 Growing up, one of my favorite parts of summer was going away to summer camp. I counted down the days until school was out and I could start packing for camp. I loved meeting new friends, singing camp songs, learning about nature, and all of the camp games […]

By Laura Arrick, LCSW – April 30, 2019 It is a very busy time of year in local schools. ISTEP and ILEARN have taken over the past couple of months. Finals and end-of-year exams will closely follow. These tests can bring about a lot of pressure and stress for our students. Learning how to manage […]

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What the Catholic Diocese says about Youth First

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Elementary School Studentto her Youth First Social Worker

I would have committed suicide had it not been for having my Youth First Social Worker there in my school my seventh grade year. Knowing that I had someone to go talk to, talk it out with, made all the difference in the world to me.

Middle School Student

I feel it is vitally important to have availability and access to Youth First Social Workers in all the schools and as many programs as possible. It literally saved my daughter’s life and provided me with a sounding board and a helping hand during the rough patches when I didn’t know where to turn.

JenniferParent of a Middle School Student

When I was in high school, I was dealing with problems at home and I had no interest in school. I was struggling with anxiety, depression and anger. I was making bad decisions until I was referred to my school’s Youth First Social Worker. I don’t think I would have graduated without her support.

SelenaFormer High School Student

Students in elementary, middle and high schools are subject to many pressures and insecurities, sometimes without the support they need.  Youth First Social Workers are a critical resource that help many of these children make the right choices now that may affect the rest of their life path.

Jim MuehlbauerVice Chairman of Koch Enterprises

We place tremendous value on our partnership with Youth First. Our Youth First Social Worker provides important services to ensure students lead healthy lives. The organization is proactive by providing programs that strengthen families, encourage positive choices, and prevent substance abuse. Adolescence is a difficult time for many, and our Youth First Social Worker works with students to overcome obstacles and challenges.

Timothy A. DickelPresident, Mater Dei High School

Catholic Diocese Partners

Evansville Catholic Diocese

Hermann Family Foundation

Koch Foundation

St. Vincent Evansville

Drs. Bill & Mona Wooten

Anonymous Donor