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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