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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 Orange County says about Youth First

“LOVED it, NEEDED it, and will definitely encourage others to participate in Family First next year!”

“Our partnership with Youth First has been such a blessing to our students, families, and teachers. Our Youth First Social Worker, Kacie Shipman, has made a positive impact on the social and behavioral well-being of our students. Teachers and administrators are thrilled with the partnership we have developed with Youth First!”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been very challenging for our students, staff, and parents.  In addition to the struggles our school community has been dealing with getting students caught up academically, the social emotional/issues students have been dealing with have been significant.  Having a Youth First Social Worker in our school corporation has been a huge benefit to our students, and community at large.  The positive impact our Youth First Social Worker has made daily in the lives of children throughout the pandemic has made these difficult times easier for our students.”

“Having a Youth First Social Worker has been amazing.  Not only do our students now have a resource they need, but our teachers have a resource and a lifeline to go to when we have issues that we have to deal with on a daily basis. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“When you showed me the data, the number of students that our Youth First Social Worker has worked with, the number of families, the number of teachers, I knew there was a need, but it just blew my mind away, and I’m nothing but pleased. If I was a school that did not have a social worker, I would be looking to contact Youth First.”

“The needs of our kiddos and our families are very great, and it was a need that had to be met. We’re just privileged to have Youth First help us meet that need. We’re lucky to have a Youth First Social Worker. I think the biggest impact is that kids know they have somebody they can go to that is pretty readily available. The communication and the relationship with families has been huge.”

“I feel like I would be able to tell her (the Youth First Social Worker) anything. I felt very safe telling her things and knew I was going to get some help, and that is just a really good experience. I feel like everybody needs someone to talk to, and I think it’s just a normal thing.”

“Ashley (Youth First Social Worker) has been SO wonderful for our students. Her compassion for our youth shines through in everything she does.  She is a true asset to our school and community.”

Orange County Partners

 

Knights of Columbus St. Xavier Council

Orange County LCC

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County Advocates

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Dr. Trevor AppleEd FisherGary McClintic
Tom BosticSteve JohnsonRita Noble
Phil DeLongJennifer LambJohn Stalker
Jimmy EllisThomas LambJamey Sullivan
Brandy Terrell, MSW/LSW

Orange 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
Orange County

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

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

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

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

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

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