Summer Bridge Kickoff at Lake Chabot

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First Place for Youth’s Alameda County/ San Francisco County team hosted their first official Summer Bridge event on a beautiful […]

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

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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

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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!

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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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Youth and Staff Gathered to Give Thanks

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

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