Assessing Youth First’s Impact
One of Youth First’s values is accountability, which includes a commitment to evaluation and quality improvement. Youth First’s impact is measured in a variety of ways with the help of an independent evaluator. Diehl Consulting Group analyzes the data collected from program participants and prepares annual reports summarizing the impact of each program. The Program staff and Program Committee review these reports and recommend improvements to insure the best possible outcomes. Evaluation briefs are also shared with funders, partners, and other stakeholders.
School Social Work
View the impact of the School Social Work Program here:
View the impact of the Strengthening Families Program here:
View the impact of the Family Connections Program here:
View the impact of the Reconnecting Youth Program here:
View the impact of the Life Skills Program here:
In It to Win It
View the impact of the In It to Win It Program here:
View the impact of the Why Try program here:
2014 Southwest Indiana Youth Survey Results
Summary of Survey Results: The Southwest Indiana region appears to be making progress in preventing and reducing substance abuse among youth. The latest Southwest Indiana Youth Survey shows substance abuse rates are lower than the state and national averages in many categories. When Youth First started tracking similar data back in 1999, the local rates were typically higher than the state and national averages. The last survey completed by youth in Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties and the Catholic Diocese in 2009 showed the prevalence rates were trending lower. This downward trend continued in the 2014 survey which now includes youth from five counties – Gibson, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick. However, there are still areas of concern, including the prevalence of 12th grade alcohol use and binge drinking and cigarette use by all grades as compared to the state and national averages.
View Survey Report: Southwest Indiana Youth Survey Report 2014