First Place for Youth

Rating: 4 stars   12 reviews


519 17TH St Ste 600 Oakland CA 94612 USA


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

Direct beneficiaries per year:

927 former foster youth

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco County, Alameda County, Solano County, Contra Costa County

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Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

I've been on the Board for one year now, and been a donor to First Place for more than five. I began supporting them because of my work with homeless adults and discovering that more than half of them had been part of the foster care system as children! At 18, foster youth lose all financial and empotional support from the State and are expected to be able to make it on their own - the reality is most don't even have their high school diplomas yet and many become homeless, teen parents, and/or involved in criminal activities. First Place provides the practical and caring support that many of us received from our parents to help these youth transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency. The staff are great champions for the youth, and the peer counselors help the young people to see that they really can change their lives. Although I'm impressed with the staff, program, and outcome measures, it is meeting the youth in the program that has inspired me most.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping youth to obtain and maintain affordable housing - last year 92% of those served were able to do so! And 87% of youth were able to enroll in college or a trade school - while working and maintaining their households.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspiring and dedicated and very comfortable with/attuned to the young people participating in the program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide housing and support for thousands more foster youth across the State.

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