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

Lawrence County Partners

Lawrence Calendar

October 7
11:00 am

Daviess County Golf Scramble to Benefit Youth First

November 5
3:00 pm

Mario the Maker Magician – Fundraiser for Youth First

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Youth First Partner Schools

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Lawrence News

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By Kelsey Weber, LCSW The 2022-2023 school year is in session and many teachers are witnessing the effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on learning. With students returning to in-person learning, teachers are noticing a large learning gap. According…

Mario the Maker Magician LIVE

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Only $5 per ticket! Mario has appeared on Sesame Street, Universal Kids, and even live on tour with David Blaine, who calls him “the best kids' magician in the world!!”

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
Lawrence County

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

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

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 Lawrence County

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Lawrence County, contact Becky Jessmer, Development Director.

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

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 Lawrence County

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Lawrence County, contact Becky Jessmer, Development Director.

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