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Youth First

Strengthening the lives of youth and families through specialized mentoring and evidence-based prevention programs

three stars

85.81

111 SE Third Street Suite 405
Evansville, IN 47708
tel: (812) 421-8336   Web Site
EIN: 35-2050168

Board Leadership
Crystal Wildeman
Chair

CEO
Parri O. Black
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.81 three stars
  Financial 83.23 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1998, Youth First, Inc. exists to strengthen and transform the lives of young people and families through Master's level social workers embedded in schools free of charge who deliver on-site behavioral mental health services and evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, improve relationships, and develop critical life skills.

Youth First Social Workers become specialized mentors for students and prevention coaches for parents/caregivers and teachers. Now in 75 schools in Indiana and with 10 years of independently analyzed data, Youth First's specialized mentoring is decreasing the risk of addiction and other dangers in Indiana youth. This means increased employability, happiness and health for our future adults.

Our organization has proven to be not only effective for youth but also sustainable through a blended stream of funding through state government, local schools, and private charitable donors, a balance of investment that holds steady over time.

Founded in 1998, Youth First, Inc. exists to strengthen and transform the lives of young people and families through Master's level social workers embedded in schools free of charge who deliver on-site behavioral mental health services and evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, improve relationships, and develop critical life skills.

Youth First Social Workers become specialized mentors for students and prevention coaches for parents/caregivers and teachers. Now in 75 schools in Indiana and with 10 years of independently analyzed data, Youth First's specialized mentoring is decreasing the risk of addiction and other dangers in Indiana youth. This means increased employability, happiness and health for our future adults.

Our organization has proven to be not only effective for youth but also sustainable through a blended stream of funding through state government, local schools, and private charitable donors, a balance of investment that holds steady over time.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of K-12 youth with access to a Youth First Social Worker or program
38,549
Number of K-12 youth directly served by a Youth First Social Worker
24,541
Number of crisis interventions
476
This impact information is current as of January 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

83.23

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.3%
  Administrative Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.49
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Youth First on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Youth First on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Paper surveys, Case management notes
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To ensure fidelity to best practices
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Youth First (IN) 85.81 three stars
King Street Center (VT) 85.54 three stars
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FL) 91.74 four stars
Child Crisis Arizona (AZ) 97.11 four stars
Think Small (MN) 89.02 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,046,432
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $239,621
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,040,419
Total Contributions $2,326,472
   Program Service Revenue $1,225,524
Total Primary Revenue $3,551,996
   Other Revenue $555
TOTAL REVENUE $3,552,551
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,138,703
   Administrative Expenses $187,991
   Fundraising Expenses $398,073
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,724,767
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-172,216
   
Net Assets $1,762,905

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Prevention Programs $3,138,703 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 85.81 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 91.03 four stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 90.58 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 88.14 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 90.54 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.46 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 04/01/2016 91.74 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 35-2050168
Name in IRS Master File YOUTH FIRST INC
NTEE Code F21
NTEE Classification Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Prevention Only
NTEE Type Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(537) Use of drugs or narcotics
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$123,846 3.32% Parri Black President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Youth First (IN) 85.81 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

Youth First
111 SE Third Street
Suite 405
Evansville, IN 47708
tel: (812) 421-8336
EIN: 35-2050168

Mail donations to:
PO Box 3897
Evansville, IN 47737

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Board Leadership

Crystal Wildeman
Chair

CEO

Parri O. Black
President & CEO

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