Gift Supports the Social and Emotional Needs of Students in Morgan County

Kendrick Foundation has committed $56,196 to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of students in Morgan County.

Youth First partners with school districts to embed 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 preventing addiction, suicide, violence, and similar outcomes for young people. The organization’s positive outcomes are driving growth, with more schools seeking Youth First’s help to address the growing social and emotional needs of students.

Youth First President & CEO Parri O. Black stated, “Our children are growing up in a complex and challenging world that puts them at greater risk for substance use, suicide, violence and harmful behaviors. The investment of the Kendrick Foundation is critical to achieving Youth First’s mission. Working together, we can protect and heal the hearts of more young people and their families in Morgan County.”

A check presentation took place on Friday, December 6, at Bell Intermediate Academy in Martinsville.


About Youth First, Inc.:

Youth First’s mission is to strengthen youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success. Youth First partners with 81 schools across 10 counties to provide 59 Master’s level social workers who assess needs, develop and implement prevention plans, and connect students and their families to community resources. Over 39,000 youth and families per year have access to Youth First’s school social work and afterschool programs involving parents and caregivers. For more information about Youth First, please visit or call 812-421-8336.