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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 Morgan County says about Youth First

“After learning about Youth First’s approach to prevention and the impactful results, Home Bank employees wanted to get behind it in a big way, so that more children and families benefit in Morgan County. We encourage everyone who cares about kids to join Home Bank in donating to Youth First.”

“Children in Morgan County are our greatest asset in building a brighter future for this community. However, so many of them are struggling due to circumstances out of their control, whether it’s poverty, homelessness, addictions, mental illness, etc. We need solutions to help them and their families break these destructive cycles. We’re excited to partner with Youth First as they provide additional people and resources to tackle these issues head-on and build stronger, healthier and self-reliant families.”

“My Youth First Social Worker, Miss Walls, is a very understanding person. She will always understand what you want to talk about. She will always be there when you need her most. One major thing she helped me through is when my parents were fighting and I was having home issues…but she helps me with so much more than that. She has helped me stay in school, because she will always calm me down and help me refrain from getting in trouble. Miss Walls puts a lot of hard work and effort into her job. It’s not just me that she impacts – she impacts many people’s lives.”

“Youth First Social Workers are the lighthouses for many students and families at Bell Intermediate Academy and Paul Hadley Middle School. They are helping the most vulnerable students who are at-risk of poor health outcomes build resiliency and coping skills in order to overcome adversity throughout life.”

“Youth First Social Workers are a priceless resource for the students, families, and staff members in Morgan County schools. Youth First is an invaluable resource, and the Community Foundation of Martin County wholeheartedly supports the amazing impact they create for our community as we look to expand the number of these vital change-agents in Morgan County. Youth mental health is at a crisis point and we need to support programs like Youth First.”

“The impact that Niki Walls has on the students and their families at Bell Intermediate Academy is simply amazing.  She provides outstanding support to students which results in their ability to be most successful at school!  The results of the partnership with Youth First are having students better prepared with skills to get the most out of their time at school!”

“Having Youth First, Inc. in our schools gives all youth a chance to succeed.  Youth First Social Workers meet our students in moments of crisis. The Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC) prioritizes K-12 mental health as one of the most needed services in Morgan County. By giving our youth the tools needed to be resilient, our community’s next leaders will be more likely to succeed post high school.” 

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Morgan News

Self-Regulation for Parents

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By Shannon Loehrlein, LCSW - January 19, 2022 - Being a parent is hard. I can say this is 100 percent true from my own personal experience with a seven-year-old and a two-year-old. Parenting is a job that offers no pay, little appreciation,…

Ring in the New Year with Self-Care

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By Camryn Cater, MSW - January 14, 2022 - When traveling by plane, we have all heard flight attendants tell us that in an emergency you should put an oxygen mask on yourself before putting it on your child. This is to ensure the adult’s…

Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

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By Katherine Baker, LCSW, LCAC - January 6, 2022 - During my time as a Youth First Social Worker, I have worked with many students impacted by cancer. This school year has been no exception, as I was diagnosed with breast cancer myself…

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
Morgan County

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

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

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

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

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

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