CenterPoint Energy Foundation to Award $100,000 to Youth First, Inc.
CenterPoint Energy Foundation is investing in Indiana youth. The organization will award $100,000 to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen students’ mental health and well-being at Delaware Elementary School and Glenwood Leadership Academy in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC).
The check presentation will be held on Thursday, October 6, at 8:30 am CT, at Glenwood Leadership Academy, 901 Sweetser Avenue, Evansville, IN. The media is invited to attend. Please come to Entrance 1 for the outdoor presentation.
The presentation will include remarks from EVSC Superintendent Dr. David Smith, Glenwood Principal Angie Oliver, EVSC Youth First Social Worker Tiffany Austin, LSW, CenterPoint Vice President Ashley Babcock, CenterPoint Foundation President Amanda Schmitt, and Youth First President & CEO Parri Black.
This significant gift from CenterPoint Energy Foundation, along with funding from other sources, will enable Youth First to provide school-based social work services and prevention programs at Delaware and Glenwood. According to their website, CenterPoint Foundation “strives to be a catalyst in our communities by leveraging everyday opportunities and resources to achieve extraordinary outcomes. That’s why we invest in initiatives that improve our stakeholders’ lives today and build a strong foundation for tomorrow. Our corporate giving focuses on fostering a high quality of life in the communities we serve.”
Youth First is addressing the growing need for mental health support in school buildings, partnering with 110 schools across 12 Indiana counties to embed skilled social workers, where they become specialized mentors for students and prevention coaches for parents and teachers. Youth First Social Workers build caring relationships, promote healthy choices, foster readiness for positive change, and boost resiliency along with other valuable life skills.