Mrs. Christmas graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2003 with a Master's of Social Work degree and School Social Work specialization. She is both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in the state of Indiana. She has worked for Youth First, Inc. for 13 years as a school social worker in various settings. She moved to Loogootee with her husband and 2 children in 2015 and began working as the Youth First Social Worker in a new position created through a collaboration between Youth First, Inc., Loogootee Community School Corporation and generous community donors.
Youth First exists to transform and strengthen the lives of young people and their families through evidence-based programs that promote healthy behaviors, prevent substance abuse, and maximize student success.
Youth First Social Workers work with students individually and in groups, free of charge. Common reasons students see the Youth First Social Worker include depression, anxiety, anger management, academic issues, divorce and grief adjustment, family problems, substance abuse and suicide prevention.
Youth First Social Workers also often give classroom presentations at school. Presentation topics vary according to what is needed but may include peer pressure, dating, bullying, friendship issues, family relationships, etc.