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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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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A Summer of Growth and Exploration with Summer Bridge!

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Summer Bridge is back in session! Over the past six weeks, our summer program has provided young people with incredible […]

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First Place is There Every Step of the Way

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Teens and young adults aging out of foster care face immense challenges as they make the transition to independence and […]

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First Place is Empowering Foster Youth for a Brighter Future!

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For many older foster youth, transitioning out of foster care can be a challenging time, especially for those without a […]

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Caps off to the Class of 2023!

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This year, First Place for Youth is proud to celebrate 104 program participants who’ve achieved significant educational milestones! From GEDs […]

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Our First Advocacy Day in Sacramento was a Success!

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Our first Advocacy Day in Sacramento was a success! On April 27th, First Place leadership, staff, and youth visited the […]

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Pathways to Independence Report

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Click here to review our Pathways to Independence report, a multi-year project of the Mississippi Youth Voice board and First […]

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Press Release: Mississippi Youth Get A Voice

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Foster youth will have standing in youth court hearings; Advocates share additional recommendations for supporting foster youth Jackson, MS — […]

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Meet Jasmine: Keynote Youth Speaker at our 25th Anniversary!

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Meet Jasmine, a My First Place™ participant and our incredible keynote youth speaker at our 25th Anniversary Celebration! In her […]

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Finding Stability and Support: Hollie’s Story

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Meet Hollie, a resilient 21-year-old who found her footing with the help of her dedicated team at First Place for […]

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Vision Board Fun with Art + Practice

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This month, we held our first ever Vision Board Party and Luncheon with our partners at Art + Practice The […]

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Alicia’s Path to Becoming a Licensed Hairstylist

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As we count down to our 25th Anniversary Celebration in May, we are sharing key features and building blocks of […]

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