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Our mission is to strengthen youth and families by providing evidence-based programs that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and maximize student success.

What the Catholic Diocese says about Youth First

“You make my heart feel good.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“We place tremendous value on our partnership with Youth First. A 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 a Youth First Social Worker works with students to overcome obstacles and challenges.”

Catholic Diocese Partners

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In It To Win It Summer Program – Starts July 1, 2024

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Catholic Diocese News

Kids Need to Fail to be Successful

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By Nolan Miller, MSW, LCSW - July 17, 2024 - Picture this. You are in school and kids are choosing teams for a basketball game. Five students are very good at the sport and five may need to work on their skills a bit more. No matter how…

Siblings Can Teach Each Other Empathy

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By Haley Ballard, MSW, LSW - July 11, 2024 - Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It is an important skill for children to develop, because it helps them understand and connect with others from all walks…

Establishing Communication with Your Child from an Early Age

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By Kacie Shipman, MSW, LSW - July 3, 2024 - It’s important to teach your child to communicate well from an early age. Getting your children to share their thoughts or feelings with you can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Often,…

Our Mission

Youth First’s mission is to strengthen youth and families by providing evidence-based programs that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, 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 Julie Hoon.

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 by providing evidence-based programs that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, 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