How It Began

In the fall of 1996, a small group of community members gathered with a shared vision of creating healthier youth.

In the winter of 1997, the Search Institute survey was administered to our youth in grades 6-12. The results of the survey were released at a town meeting. The survey pointed out many challenges facing our youth and community.

Thus, Youth First began with a mission to create Healthy Youth. Healthy Youth will create a Healthy Community. The Youth First Board of Directors is made up of community members representing five main sectors: Schools, Civic, Congregations, Business and Parents.

Shortly after the Board was formed, non-profit and incorporation followed. In 2001, 501(c)3 status was obtained. The Board meetings are open to the public along with copies of our minutes and financial information available upon request.