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Our 2022 Annual Report is Now Available

Check out the results from our latest annual report.

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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 2022


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


There’s “Snow” Time Like Now to Donate!

You’ll certainly reduce the chill in your driveway when you donate a vehicle that just won’t warm up. Whether it’s […]

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It All Starts With Housing

In 1998, when our founders Deanne Pearn and Amy Lemley were graduate students at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of […]

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Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA!

You’ve worked hard, you set money aside for the future, and you’re ready to enjoy your retirement years. Maybe you’re […]

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Impact Stories

Adelaida’s Story: Following Her Passions

“First Place has helped me really grow as a person.“   Meet Adelaida, a First Place For Youth program participant […]

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