My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Youth First Inc, Evansville, IN, USA
When my daughter Leah was starting the fourth grade, she was overcome with debilitating anxiety. Several days over the first weeks of the new school year she had panic attacks so severe that she was either absent or had to be picked up early.
It was heart-breaking to see her in such despair and be so powerless to reach her. Her teacher, the school counselor, and the principal shared my concern and informed me about a clinical social worker with Youth First, Christine Hayden, onsite at her school who could work with Leah.
It was to be a watershed period in both my daughter and my lives. Finally someone was able to reach my daughter. She began to see that she was not alone. She met with Christine daily and soon gained the tools and the confidence to work through her anxiety.
The changes in Leah were seemingly instantaneous. She was no longer missing school. She was able to concentrate in class. She wasn’t crying in the evenings, dreading the idea of school the next day.
Youth First filled a void that I nor Leah’s teacher, the school counselor, or principal, despite our sincere dedication, had the professional expertise to fill.
Leah and my journey with Youth First was only just beginning. During eighth grade, Leah would become an advocate for Youth First, eager to share her story with other youth. It became her mission to help other kids like her know that they weren’t alone either. I had a similar mission to reach parents.
Leah is excelling, now a sophomore studying public health at IU. And I am so proud. Both of us are grateful to Youth First and our advocacy for this organization continues. Because every child deserves the same opportunities that Leah had.