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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 Lawrence County says about Youth First

“I first became aware of Youth First in December of 2019. As I learned more about the dramatic impact in the lives of our students who are being helped by Youth First’s approach to early intervention and the notion that one adult with a caring word and approach can make a difference, I became an advocate for Youth First and a champion to grow their services to Lawrence County, specifically Mitchell Schools.”

“We all know many students come to school carrying burdens like poverty, family substance abuse, grief, depression, and anxiety. These kids are more likely to struggle in and out of school without access to the proper coaching. Building resilience in those children is a wise investment because they are tomorrow’s leaders and workforce.”

“Many of us can’t fathom what our young people face, but the anonymous stories we’re hearing already and the referrals that are being made just during the first few weeks of the school year have the opportunity to be life-changing for our students. We have to be open to making sure our youth and their families retain Youth First’s valuable service.”

“We’ve been screaming that we’re getting help in the wrong area.  We’ve got kids that go through trauma that many of us can’t imagine.  You can’t move the needle on academics if you ignore these issues.”

 “Mitchell Community Schools knew we needed a social worker but we didn’t fully realize how much until she was here working with the students, staff, and community. She is able to connect our students and families to resources in our community and plays a major part in the success of some of our most struggling students.”

“Whether it is poverty, homelessness, addictions, or mental health issues – having a Youth First mental health counselor in our schools to support our young people is invaluable.  Youth First is committed to caring for the mental health and welfare of K-12 students in our community – and we proudly support their mission.”

“Youth First is a great fit for our Lawrence County community.  The counseling services and programs for students and their families that they provide in our schools are essential for the continued and future success of our students and their families.  Hobson Auto Group is pleased to support Youth First.”

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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
Lawrence County

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Lawrence County, contact Regional Development Officer David Spencer.

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

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Lawrence County, contact Regional Development Officer David Spencer.

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

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Lawrence County, contact Regional Development Officer David Spencer.

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