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Youth First

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
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 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 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 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 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

Youth First Partner Schools

Independent and Charter Schools

County Advocates

Jim BackJeff HappeTom Raben
Randy BraunJonathan LamarMitch Schulz
Angie BrawdyDennis LameyJim Stratman
Mark DailyLori LoftonChristy Walker
Jeff DeigCarol LynchPaul Weaver
Phil DeLongDan NiemeierCrystal Wildeman
Kyle FieldsKristi PeckBill Wooten
Kevin HammettJordan RabenTed Ziemer
Jim BackCarol Lynch
Randy BraunDan Niemeier
Angie BrawdyKristi Peck
Mark DailyJordan Raben
Jeff DeigTom Raben
Phil DeLongMitch Schulz
Kyle FieldsJim Stratman
Kevin HammettChristy Walker
Jeff HappePaul Weaver
Jonathan LamarCrystal Wildeman
Dennis LameyBill Wooten
Lori LoftonTed Ziemer

Vanderburgh News

By Deena Bodine, LCSW – May 14, 2019 Life can place many demands on us: work obligations, financial pressures, health issues…the list goes on. These life stressors can make it difficult to be at our best as parents, especially when we feel overwhelmed, frustrated, discouraged, or defeated. During this time, we may even begin second-guessing […]

By Sarah Laury, LCSW – May 7 Growing up, one of my favorite parts of summer was going away to summer camp. I counted down the days until school was out and I could start packing for camp. I loved meeting new friends, singing camp songs, learning about nature, and all of the camp games […]

By Laura Arrick, LCSW – April 30, 2019 It is a very busy time of year in local schools. ISTEP and ILEARN have taken over the past couple of months. Finals and end-of-year exams will closely follow. These tests can bring about a lot of pressure and stress for our students. Learning how to manage […]

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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.”

Tiffany AustinYouth First Social Worker

You make my heart feel good.

Elementary School Studentto her Youth First Social Worker

I would have committed suicide had it not been for having my Youth First Social Worker there in my school my seventh grade year. Knowing that I had someone to go talk to, talk it out with, made all the difference in the world to me.

Middle School Student

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.

JenniferParent of a Middle School Student

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.

SelenaFormer High School Student