A Celebration of Heart & Home

Celebration of Heart & Home

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Oracle Park
San Francisco, CA

The mission of First Place for Youth is to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood.

On May 16th, 2024, we celebrated progress, community, and honor leaders who are making more possible for foster youth ages 16-25!



With a small grant in hand, they were inspired to help break the cycle of poverty for these vulnerable youth and launched First Place for Youth, the first organization in Northern California exclusively dedicated to addressing the lack of affordable housing and resources for foster youth who had exited foster care. Since that time, our programs have served more than 10,000 young people between the ages of 16-25 in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and six other states around the country.

Our mission is to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self- sufficiency and responsible adulthood. We provide safe, stable housing, paired with intensive case management to build crucial life-skills and emotional wellbeing. Our individualized education and employment counseling are the core of our program, ensuring that young people have a clear path to succeed in school and build job readiness skills qualifying them for living-wage positions.


  • Nancy Heinen & Dennis DeBroeck
  • Parnassus Investments LLC


  • Anonymous
  • Jen & Abe Friedman
  • Mark & Nancy Duarte


  • Carol & Lester Ezrati
  • Chuck & Rebecca Daggs
  • Hilda West & Tom Dufurrena
  • Keith Shultz & Karen May
  • NFP


  • Andrew & June Monach
  • Bill Brownell & Kimberly Pesavento
  • Katharina Stuart Floral Art + Design
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Sheri Paulo & Ervina Wilks
  • Standard Event Rentals
  • Visa Foundation
  • Wendy Lea


  • Carol Mills & John Eichhorn
  • Darryl Glass & Aaron Chan
  • Ellen & Jeff Nagler
  • Episcopal Impact Fund
  • J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • The Bay Area Ridge Trail Bushwhackers


  • Anonymous
  • Aspiriant – Wealth Management
  • Barbara & Jeff Bennett
  • Carrie Busch
  • Debby Meredith & Curtis Cole
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Holly Ward
  • Insperity
  • Janice & Steve Chaffin
  • Karen & Adam Sisson
  • Marian Macindoe & Andrew Pomerantz 
  • Mark & Mari Donnelly
  • Michelle Ellison & Jim Eyer
  • Poppy Bank
  • Sandra & Dan Miley
  • Thryv Consulting
  • Tony Stayner
  • Venture Leadership Collective
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