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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.”

“I am so thankful for your organization. Mrs. LaRue has helped me so much. She has helped me and a lot of my friends.  I am thankful I can talk to her when I am sad or upset and I feel better later.”

Orange County Partners

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

Orange 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
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