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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

1507

youth were served and supported by First Place for Youth in 2022

91%

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

96%

of participants in My First Place
are in school or working

88%

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

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

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

Research & Publications

2022 Annual Report

Last year, First Place for Youth and our network partners in Boston, New York, Mississippi, and Cincinnati served 1,507 young […]

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Blog

Youth and Staff Gathered to Give Thanks

The holidays can be a hard time for foster youth.  But over the last week at all of our housing […]

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Impact Stories

Keke is Ready for a Construction Career!

“First Place is a really, really, really good program, and I wish people would join this program because they help […]

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Impact Stories

Meet Kaelyn, Future Licensed Vocational Nurse! 

My First Place™ participant and mother, Kaelyn, is working diligently to create a better life for her daughter. Because of […]

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