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Review for First Place for Youth, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 2 stars  

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 or rely in. There is so much disconnect between the upper management and staff that it affects the staff's ability to be able to effectively serve the youth and it keeps the moral down. The outcomes are not real but an illusion that the organization needs to create to call itself the model for transitional housing. I enjoyed working with the youth and being a part of their lives but I was not able to provide them the real services they needed. Sam needs to stop creating job titles for senior management and fire and hire competent human resource recruiter who can then fire and hire the people who can really manage the organization. Until that time the youth will just continue to be placed high cost apartments they can never afford to keep and sit two years with baby sitter like I was who created case notes all night trying to convince my manager I was being effective in a youth's life.

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

Youth who graduate from the program are not as better off as First Place says they are. We built relationships but then we kicked them out of housing and cut off those relationships and support just like foster care did.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Former staff & Serviced Youth.