First Place for Youth
About First Place for Youth
Founded in 1998, First Place for Youth was the first organization in Northern California to provide affordable housing and supportive services to former foster youth, and today is considered a national model for providing permanent housing for high risk youth. The agency works to ensure that all foster youth throughout the state of California have the opportunity to experience a safe, supported transition from foster care. Through a housing program, an employment and academic enrichment program, counseling, youth community center, collaboration with other community agencies, and community education, First Place helps youth to gain the skills they need to live independently and succeed on their own.
The mission of First Place is to help foster youth develop the skills to build a foundation for making a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood.
63 percent of First Foundation youth exited foster care with their high school diploma or equivalent (as compared to 46 percent nationally.) In addition, 52 percent of My First Place participants enrolled in post secondary education (as compared to 5 percent nationally).
Alumni working for this organization
Madeleine Russell-Shapiro, Assistant Director of Education and Employment