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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.”

“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.”

Lawrence Calendar

April 22
5:00 pm

Silver Lining Gala Celebrating Youth First’s 25th Anniversary

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Youth First Partner Schools

County Advocates

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David MillerKim BurgessJamey Sullivan
Michelle HardmanKrystal ShetlerApryl Kidd
Amanda MayToya LammVicky Schlegel

Lawrence News

Is Your Child Feeling Anxious?

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By Christine Weinzapfel-Hayden, MSW, LCSW, Youth First, Inc. Children are creatures of habit. They thrive in calm, consistent, predictable environments. When there is change for them, or even when they have the anticipation of change,…

Cell Phones: What are the Dangers for Your Child?

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By Dawn Tedrow, MSW, LCSW, Youth First, Inc. When I was younger, my parents knew who my friends were. They knew their parents, when I would be at their house, and what time I would be returning. If I decided to walk to a different friend’s…

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

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By Ashley Underwood, MSW, LCSW, Youth First, Inc. How does one describe a traumatic event? Traumatic is defined as “emotionally disturbing or distressing,” which can vary from person to person, so that question has many answers. “Adverse…

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