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Phone: 510-272-0979
519 17TH St Ste 600
California 94612

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Direct beneficiaries per year: 927 former foster youth

Geographic areas served: San Francisco County, Alameda County, Solano County, Contra Costa County

It is the mission of First Place to support foster youth in their transition to

successful adulthood by promoting choices and strengthening individual

and community resources.
While 65% of California foster youth who “age out” of care become homeless immediately, 92% of former foster youth who go through the First Place program maintain safe and affordable housing.

Over the last decade, First Place has had a profound impact on our youth participants. When compared to other transition age foster youth, First Place youth are:

* five times less likely to experience homelessness

* three times less likely to give birth before the age of 21

* three times less likely to be arrested

* six times more likely to be enrolled in college

* twice as likely to graduate from high school

* twice as likely to be employed

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The staff at First Place are highly qualified and dedicated, and the organization is well intentioned. There are some serious problems however, which are masked by misleading and selective outcomes reporting. The often quoted educational outcome for example, which reports the percentage of youth who... more »
As a former staff member I have a different insight on the agency. I truly believe the CEO Sam Cobbs is great leader and wants to continue to grow this organization into something great. The problem is that some of his executive team do not have the experience or knowledge that staff can believe ... more »
I am a participating youth in program right now. First Place really offers good services to help youth with housing, helping us to get jobs, go to college, everything. I really like my youth advocate. She is really helpful and is always there to talk to me about housing issues or anything. She ... more »
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