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Youth First Counselor

Youth First exists to transform and strengthen the lives of young people and their families.

Research tells us the presence of one caring adult can make a difference in the life of a child, and that’s the kind of support Youth First Social Workers provide students in partnering schools. They are specialized mentors who are readily available to assess and address student, family, and school needs.

Learn more about the programs and resources Youth First offers at!

Fresh Beginnings

This program works to educate students to continue to make drug-free choices. Student participants assist with the Fresh Beginnings program for freshmen and work on various activities throughout the year that promote drug-free choices.

Meet Our Youth First
Social Worker

Valorie Dassel, LCSW, LCAC 
Youth First Social Worker

Please contact me anytime at or 812-426-2258.

Many children and families are dealing with a lot of potential stressors and my role is to step in and provide the extra support needed to make sure those social, emotional, and behavioral concerns don’t hinder their success in school and life.

—Youth First Social Worker