Celebrating Success this Graduation Season

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During this graduation season, we are so excited to celebrate all the educational milestones of the youth we serve!   At […]

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Thriving Against the Odds: Dulce’s Story

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From foster care to academic accolades, Dulce’s journey is nothing short of inspirational! Dulce made her way to First Place […]

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Press Release: First Place for Youth Raises More Than $600k for Transition Age Foster Youth at A Celebration of Heart and Home

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Richter | julie@julierichter.co Held during National Foster Care Month, the event celebrated local leaders […]

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California Youth Voice Members Advocate for Change in Sacramento, CA!

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On April 17th, First Place for Youth hosted our second annual Advocacy Day at the California State Capitol. This significant […]

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Press Release: First Place for Youth to Honor San Francisco Giants and Visa Foundation at A Celebration of Heart and Home

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Richter | julie@julierichter.co First Place for Youth to Honor San Francisco Giants and Visa […]

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Press Release: First Place for Youth Selected to Participate in the Chafee Strengthening Outcomes for Transition to Adulthood Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Richter | julie@julierichter.co First Place for Youth Selected to Participate in the Chafee Strengthening […]

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The Power of Public-Private Partnership in Mississippi’s Child Welfare

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Written by Samantha Kalahar and Kimberly Smith This year marks Mississippi’s ninth year as a Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative […]

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Advancing Equitable AI in the US Social Sector

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One example of an organization using AI to support evidence-based decision-making is First Place for Youth, an organization that helps foster youth make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. First Place for Youth built a recommendation engine that uses precision analytics—a technology that predicts trends and behavioral patterns by discovering cause-and-effect relationships in data—to analyze program administration and case assessment data, and learn from differences in outcomes among youth.

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March is ‘Stay Paid’ Month at First Place!

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March is ‘Stay Paid’ Month at First Place for Youth where we acknowledge all of our young people’s efforts in […]

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Empowering Young Lives: Updates from My First Place™ Program Launch in New Jersey 

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Nearly six months ago, First Place for Youth and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF) launched […]

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From Lived Experience to Rhyme: The Resonance of Hip Hop in the Foster Care Narrative 

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In the vibrant world of hip hop, where storytelling is an art form, the echoes of lived experiences often find […]

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Trauma-Informed Care in Action at First Place 

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For foster youth who have experienced trauma and instability, the transition to adulthood is a pivotal journey that can be […]

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Share the Spirit: After years in the foster system, a young woman gets a room of her own

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With First Place for Youth in her corner, Jayla Lackaff is studying video game design at College of Alameda

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2023 Annual Report

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In 2023, First Place for Youth and our network partners in Massachusetts, New York, Mississippi, and Cincinnati served 1,660 young […]

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Love, Legacy, and Lessons Learned on the Road with CEO Thomas Lee

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Following the First Place for Youth retreat in Alabama, I continued to New York, Washington D.C., the Carolinas, and ultimately […]

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A Transformational Journey Through America’s History: First Place for Youth Travels to the Legacy Museum Sites 

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First Place for Youth is committed to rectifying historical inequities and empowering historically oppressed groups by acknowledging the importance of […]

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First Place Celebrates California’s Progress Supporting LGBTQIA+ Foster Youth

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It’s official! On September 23, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 407 into law, marking a significant step […]

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CBS News: Sacramento man goes from foster care to finding calling as a pharmacy tech

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SACRAMENTO — From foster care to pharmacy tech, a young man didn’t just overcome a challenging childhood – he wants to make sure others can do the same.

Macario Harris is only 24 years old, but he’s already found his calling.

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Press Release: Launch of life-changing program for homeless youth in New Jersey

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 11, 2023  Young People at Risk for Homelessness Enter New Housing, Education, and Employment Program Transformative New […]

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Fostering Success Through Community Collaboration

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The journey to adulthood is a critical phase in every young person’s life, filled with hopes, dreams, and aspirations. For […]

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How First Place is Leveraging Data for Lasting Impact 

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Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen the transformative power of data in enhancing programs for foster youth– and we […]

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Empowering Foster Youth with First Place and HopeWell Inc.

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For more than two decades, First Place for Youth has been a pioneering force in providing extended care and support […]

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The Superhero Connection

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Superhero mythology often features characters with extraordinary abilities who were foster children, mirroring the real-life experiences of some individuals. Removed […]

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