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Raising the Bar: Research & Policy Brief

The research and policy recommendations presented in this brief drive our program work and policy agenda.

The mission of First Place is to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood

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We drive improvements to the foster system so young people can succeed

  • Youth-focused programs and services
  • Data-driven research and education
  • Policy change and advocacy work
  • Committed network of partner organizations

More successful outcomes for foster youth

Programs & Services

Measuring Our Impact


youth were served and supported by First Place for Youth in 2021


of young people we work with
identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color


of participants in My First Place
are in school or working


of My First Place participants attain stable housing when they exit the program


The My First PlaceTM Program

My First Place is a nationally recognized education and employment program that provides housing and case management for transition-age foster youth aged 18 to 25.

Participants are supported by a Youth Advocate, Education and Employment Specialist, and Housing Specialist. Access to post-secondary education coaching, apprenticeships and individualized supports help make sense of work and school. By helping foster youth enter adulthood with jobs that earn a living wage, this program fosters a sense of permanency and builds skills to be self-sufficient in the long term.

What’s Happening At First Place for Youth


Summertime Fun Across the State

Up and down the state this summer, our First Place team has hosted weekly events and activities in the six-week […]

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Adding a Year to THP-Plus – Another Key Budget & Legislative Win!

In early June 2022, the California State Legislature released its joint budget, including $34 M per year for AB 1651, […]

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Impact Stories

Anay Dreams of Opening Her Own Salon!

Anay, age 22, enrolled in the Rising Up program in November 2021 and looked forward to moving into her first […]

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Sharing Tools & Supports for Mental Health Needs

In the spirit of bringing in role models for navigating life after foster care, our partners at Art + Practice hosted […]

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