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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support, Human Services, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

Mission: 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.

Results: 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

Programs: My first place, a scattered-site housing program, provides stability for at-risk foster youth, ages 18 to 24, through safe, permanent housing coupled with intensive transitional services necessary to achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Participants receive a range of support, including individualized case management, move-in assistance and supplies, roommate mediation, education and vocational counseling, life skills training, and community support.

my first place, a scattered-site housing program, provides stability for at-risk foster youth, ages 18 to 24, through safe, permanent housing coupled with intensive transitional services necessary to achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Participants receive a range of support, including individualized case management, move-in assistance and supplies, roommate mediation, education and vocational counseling, life skills training, and community support. .

independent living skills program (ilsp) and first foundation is offered to foster youth, ages 16 to 21, in san francisco and solano counties. Through ilsp, the organization provides a full range of services, including education and employment assistance, career development, family finding and permanency services, life skills workshops and community events. First foundation is an educational support program that begins with high school sophomores who are willing to commit to the program through high school graduation. Throughout high school, youth receive one-on-one support designed to help increase on-time high school graduation rates along with workshops on educational and social skills development.

steps to success, an education and employment program, provides at-risk foster youth, ages 18 to 24, with intensive one-on-one counseling and support in completing their high school diploma or ged certificate, enrolling in college, securing financial aid, and tutoring. The program supports youth with employment assistance, career planning, and in building their workplace skills, including job search and job retention. Youth also receive intensive, targeted academic remediation and training (as needed) to help them take tangible steps towards obtaining an industry-recognized certificate or enrollment in post-secondary education. Youth are given the opportunity to explore new careers and then select a career path, while receiving academic remediation and tutoring to ensure that they will succeed.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

19 Cassandra

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.