First Place for Youth Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

First Place for Youth believes our shared purpose, More is Possible, is a call to action for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our policy and practice network. We are committed to becoming a more inclusive multicultural organization that prioritizes the belonging and quality of life of all our program participants and staff members.

We are dedicated to achieving these goals by addressing historical and structural inequities in the areas of race, power, and privilege and the needs, strengths, and challenges of historically systematically oppressed groups and identities.

We strive to amplify our democratic movement where everyone is included, and no one is absolved from responsibility in the work that lies ahead.

First Place acknowledges and honors that while we are committed to this journey, we have a ways to go to become more egalitarian in our operational systems and organizational structure.

To follow through with these goals, we must stay vigilant, hold ourselves accountable, and remember More is Possible when we are all committed in unity!

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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