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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 Gibson County says about Youth First

“When I connected with others through Youth First, I began to fill the holes in my heart with new, positive people. My confidence grew as well as my self-worth. I wore my battle scars as a code of honor, even though every day was still a struggle. But without those scars, who would I be today?”

“I used to be on the wrong path. Youth First’s Reconnecting Youth program helped me understand that talking, being honest, and making school a priority will help me in the long run. My plans for the future are now completely different from what they used to be. I am going to college for a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and management. I hope to become a resort manager.”

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Prevention Coalition

Caring Communities of Gibson County is the Local Coordinating Council for Gibson County. This designation comes from approval by the State of Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, which monitors county fees collected on drug and alcohol-related charges in the courts system. The LCC has the authority to grant these funds annually to county-based prevention, treatment and law enforcement agencies through a grant application process.  For more information about the grant application, please contact Diane Hornby at the email below.

Contact Diane Hornby for more information.

Prevention Coalition

Caring Communities of Gibson County organizes and involves all community members who have a stake in healthy futures for young people.

Contact Diane Braun for More Information

Gibson News

The Benefits of Outdoor Play

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By Lizzie Raben, MSW, LSW - June 20, 2024 - Are children disconnecting from nature? According to The National Recreation and Parks Association, today’s children spend less time outdoors than any other generation. On average, children…

Responsible Use of Electronics with Young Children

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By Kelly Leavitt - June 11, 2024 - As a Youth First Social Worker, I interact with children in an elementary school setting daily. Most students I serve have the world readily available with electronics such as cell phones, tablets, video…

Summer Provides Opportunity to Combat Burnout

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By Rebecca Williams, MSW - June 6, 2024 - Burnout is defined as chronic stress related to helping others. As a school social worker, I can certainly relate to this, and I believe teachers and other school personnel can as well. According…

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
Gibson County

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Gibson County, contact Megan Higgins, Regional Development Officer, at mhiggins@youthfirstinc.org.

Find out more about Youth First Social Workers available in Gibson County

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 Gibson County

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Gibson County, contact Jeremy Adams, Regional Development Officer.

Find out more about Youth First Social Workers available in Gibson County

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 Gibson County

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Gibson County, contact Megan Higgins, Regional Development Officer.

Find out more about Youth First Social Workers available in Gibson County