Youth First — Building a Safety Net For Children in Southwestern Indiana

Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog

Staff and supporters of Youth First presented at the Education Outcomes Task Force on November 7, 2014.  The program uses social workers to provide “evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success.”  Programs target children from three to eighteen years of age and their families.  A particular focus is keeping at-risk children connected with their education.

According to the Youth First literature, “[e]very $1 spent on effective prevention saves $18 in costly consequences.”

The programs serve children in at least Gibson, Posey, Vandenburg, and Warrick counties by connecting with schools and organizations, such as YMCA of Southwestern Indiana.  There are a broad range of programs, including In It to Win It, a program based on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Steven Covey.

As an aside, Professor John Gallagher from the Indiana University-South Bend, School of Social Work, presented…

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About Caroline Rodgers Social Worker

Caroline Rodgers spends her free time taking long walks through the Lake District and Cornwall. Getting out of the city and away from a case helps Caroline Rodgers rejuvenate so that she is recharged for work when she returns. Caroline Rodgers encourages fellow social workers to get outside and enjoy nature. Her work always comes first, but Caroline Rodgers prioritizes taking care of herself too. Enjoying nature gives her the clarity she needs to fight tough cases and give children the protection they need.
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