AstraZeneca Awards $25,000 to Youth First, Inc. to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Students in Posey County

In a presentation on September 10, AstraZeneca awarded $25,000 to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of students in Posey 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.

“AstraZeneca is committed to partnering in the communities where we live and work. We are grateful for the opportunity to support Youth First and the important work they do to improve the health of young people,” said Tanya Harris, Vice President and General Manager, AstraZeneca.

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. AstraZeneca’s investment 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 Posey County.”

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 78 schools across 10 counties to provide 57 Master’s level social workers who assess needs, develop and implement prevention plans, and connect students and their families to community resources. Youth First also offers afterschool programs involving parents and caregivers to strengthen families. For more information about Youth First, please visit www.youthfirstinc.org or call 812-421-8336.