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Perdue helps Youth First provide social work program in Indiana schools

Youth First
Sara Norfolk, right, Perdue Farms human resources manager in Washington, Ind., presents a $5,000 check from Perdue to Youth First. From left are Ashley Hale, Youth First social worker, Mark Arnold, Washington Junior High School principal, and Norfolk. 
Salisbury, Md (Monday, Nov. 7, 2016) — Perdue Farms has donated $5,000 to help Youth First Inc. provide school-based social work and prevention programs for students and families in Washington, Ind., and Daviees County. A master’s level social worker with an office in Washington Jr. High and Washington High School will bring the Youth First model of prevention to the community. 

“This new partnership is the result of a shared commitment to strengthen youth and families. Youth First expanded to Washington at the invitation of the schools and with the generous support of the community,” said Youth First President and Chief Executive Officer Parri Black. “Working together, we will improve and transform lives. Youth First is happy to be a part of the Daviess County community and to be building sustainable partnerships with the school corporation and donors like Perdue.”

Perdue’s support will help provide first-year services for the program.

“At Perdue, we are committed to enhancing the communities in which our associates live and work. We do this by addressing a number of priorities, one of which is social issues,” said Tom Schaffer, vice president of turkey operations for Perdue. “We are very happy to provide funding to support the Youth First Social Worker program. We believe in their mission to improve the lives of youth and families in our community.” 

Ashley Hale, LSW, is the new Youth First social worker. She is originally from Pike County and is equipped with a toolkit of programs and strategies to help students and their families reach their full potential, no matter the challenges they face.

Washington Jr. High Principal Mark Arnold is excited to have Ashley join his staff. 

“We have a lot of families that have a lot of challenges here. I think a Youth First social worker coming into the building is just going to be so invaluable,” he said. “I really believe it’s going to help us help students with challenges better adjust so they can perform in school, so they can see their potential, and they’ll have a person to work with them on a very consistent basis. We’re going to help a lot of kids, and we’re making an investment in our entire community one family at a time.” 

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 50 schools across 5 counties to provide 34 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.

About Perdue Farms
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