Youth First Grant

10 Feb, 2022

A grant award of $61,476 will be presented to Youth First, Inc., by the Kendrick Foundation on
Wednesday, February 9, at 1:00 pm ET. The check presentation will be held at Paul Hadley
Middle School, 200 W Carlisle St, Mooresville, IN. The media is invited to attend.
The grant will allow continued support for students at Bell Intermediate Academy in
Martinsville and Paul Hadley Middle School in Mooresville. Youth First partners with 107
schools across 13 Indiana counties to embed skilled social workers in school buildings, where
they become specialized mentors for students and prevention coaches for parents and
teachers. Youth First Social Workers build caring relationships, foster readiness for positive
change, and boost resiliency along with other valuable life skills.
Research shows these protective factors are the keys to effective prevention of negative
outcomes for young people. The organization’s positive work and strategies are driving growth,
with more schools seeking Youth First’s help to address the growing need for mental health
supports for students.