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Our mission is to strengthen youth and families by providing evidence-based programs that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, 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.”

“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.”

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Dr. Trevor AppleGary McClinticTom Bostic
Steve JohnsonRita NoblePhil DeLong
Jimmy EllisJamey SullivanBrandy Terrell, MSW/LSW
Raegan WamplerJon StalkerKara Schmidt
Scott WhalinJoni LawyerKaren Brosmer
Rhonda OrrKristal Painter

Orange News

Setting Boundaries is Important

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By Hannah Smith-Quirey, MSW, LCSW - April 10, 2024 - Boundaries. They are a necessary part of any relationship. Boundaries enhance our well-being in so many ways. So why do we have so many feelings around setting healthy and effective boundaries?…

Kendrick Foundation Awards $100,000 to Youth First

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Grant to Provide Expanded Mental Health Support and Substance Misuse Prevention for Morgan County Youth The Kendrick Foundation continues to invest in the health and well-being of Morgan County youth and families. A grant award of $100,000…

Indiana’s Youth Mental Health Crisis

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By Cameron Williams, Youth First, Inc. - April 4, 2024 Indiana has a youth mental health crisis. To set the stage, let’s address a few facts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most current Youth Risk Behavior…

Our Mission

Youth First’s mission is to strengthen youth and families by providing evidence-based programs that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, 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 Regional Development Officer David Spencer.

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  promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, 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 Regional Development Officer David Spencer.

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  promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, 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 Regional Development Officer David Spencer.

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