Our My First Place (MFP) and Independent Living Skills Programs (ILSP) support your launch into an independent adult life as you formulate goals and plans to achieve them. The right program for you depends on where you are and what you need. At First Place, we set you up for success with case management services, education and employment coaching and free housing, so you can focus on your dreams.
Entry requirement vary by county for youth. AVAILABLE TO: Current and former foster youth, probation youth, and homeless youth, ages 18–24. Completing an interest form does not guarantee program entry.
Our program provides you with a dedicated team to support education goals, financial aid, job search and retention strategies, a safe place to live, and more.
Available across multiple CA counties and several locations across the U.S.
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Entry requirement vary by county for youth. AVAILABLE TO: Current and FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, Kin-GAP YOUTH, AND PROBATION YOUTH, AGES 16-22
ILSP programs support youth with education, employment, housing, health, and wellness. Check out our ILSP programs in San Francisco and Solano Counties and check with your social worker for ILSP services in other counties.
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“It’s about more than having a place to live. It’s about feeling like you have someone on your side as you become an adult.”
MFP Program Participant
FOR CURRENT AND FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, PROBATION YOUTH, AND HOMELESS YOUTH AGES 18-25
Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Los Angeles County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County, and Solano County.
WHAT YOU GET
Knowing you have a stable place to call home makes it easier to focus on your future. All participants live in shared apartments while in program. Participants gain the skills and knowledge needed to find and maintain housing as responsible tenants.
A Dedicated Team:
Your first place team consists of a Youth Advocate (case manager), Education and Employment Specialist, and Housing Specialist who will support you as you learn practical skills, build relationships, and begin planning for your future.
Education & Career Support:
Though our Steps to Success program, you’ll receive ongoing guidance as you earn your high school diploma or GED, enrol in or continue college or vocational training, explore career pathways, and/or find a job that pays a living wage.
Your Education and Employment Specialist will assist you with:
Education planning, course selection, and study skill building
Completing financial aid and scholarship applications
Accessing campus resources for academic and job support
Building job search and retention strategies
Developing interview and workplace readiness skills
Writing resumes and cover letters
Exploring potential career paths
“First Place has given me the opportunity to be independent, to make my own decisions and choices. That’s what makes it so special.”
FOR CURRENT AND FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, KIN-GAP YOUTH, AND PROBATION YOUTH, AGES 16-20
San Francisco and Solano Counties. For information on Independent Living Skills Programs in other counties, please check with your social worker.
Personalized Support in Preparing for Independence:
Our San Francisco and Solano County ILSPs empower you with the knowledge and skills needed as you transition from foster care or probation to independence. Our team will work with you to identify goals and connect you with services and resources to help you succeed.
Access a variety of scheduled educational and community building and social events each month, including employment workshops, movie nights, and weekly drop-in hours. Speak with the team to help decide which events and how much involvement is right for you.
High School Completion Support:
First Foundation is a structured educational program offered to ILSP participants who commit to getting their high school diploma or GED. You’ll attend workshops focused on educational and social skills and test preparation.
Areas of Support Include:
Education and employment assistance
Daily living skills
Health and wellness
Details for Referrals and Participants:
We encourage young people to talk to their social workers before they join our My First Place program to ensure they are making the right choice for their goals and needs.
What youth should know about First Place for Youth:
At First Place for Youth, we set high expectations for program participants because we believe that all foster youth have the potential to succeed when provided the proper support and resources.
My First Place requires commitment and active engagement from participants. Youth are expected to meet regularly with their team, continue pursuing their identified goals, and abide by the rules of our program and the terms of their lease.
Typically, My First Place participants live in shared, scattered-site apartments with no on-site supervisory staff. First Place staff work with participants to build conflict-resolution skills, establish boundaries and “house rules,” and understand how to be good roommates and tenants.