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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 Vanderburgh County says about Youth First

I was talking to a 7-year old student about “safe places” and where to go if she is ever afraid. The little girl–her big brown eyes filled with emotion–said, “Miss Austin, if people can be safe places, you’re my safe place.”

You make my heart feel good.

I feel it is vitally important to have availability and access to Youth First Social Workers in all the schools and as many programs as possible. It literally saved my daughter’s life and provided me with a sounding board and a helping hand during the rough patches when I didn’t know where to turn.

When I was in high school, I was dealing with problems at home and I had no interest in school. I was struggling with anxiety, depression and anger. I was making bad decisions until I was referred to my school’s Youth First Social Worker. I don’t think I would have graduated without her support.

“My child’s Youth First Social Worker Tiffany Harper was like a second mother/best friend to her. She was able to tell her things she was afraid to tell me, because she didn’t want me to worry. Ms. Harper contacted me when things got very bad and I was able to get my daughter the intensive treatment she needed at that time. If Ms. Harper hadn’t been there, I can’t imagine what would have happened. I don’t want to imagine. I’m so thankful for Youth First Social Workers!”

Vanderburgh Calendar

March 20 - May 15
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Family First Success at Delaware Elementary School – 10 Week Program – Starts March 20, 2024

April 3 - May 22
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Family First Success at YMCA Caldwell Community Center – 10 Week Program – Starts April 3, 2024

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Vanderburgh News

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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
Vanderburgh County

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Vanderburgh County, contact Julie Hoon, Vice President of Philanthropy.

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

To book a speaker, support, donate, volunteer, or advocate for Youth First in Vanderburgh County, contact Julie Hoon, Vice President of Philanthropy.

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