Honoring the Class of 2020

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Graduation season is always a time for celebration at First Place as we recognize the academic acheivement of our young people. […]

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Affirming Our Commitments to Equity and Racial Justice

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A Message from the Leadership Team of First Place for Youth In recent weeks, high profile cases of police violence […]

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Close the Gap: Supporting the THP-NMD Housing Supplement

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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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Making our Commitment Clear

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For more than 20 years, First Place for Youth has taken pride in providing young people in foster care with […]

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Santa Clara County Offers New Support to Former Foster Youth with Basic Income Pilot

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Spurred on by the efforts of Supervisor Dave Cortese, this week the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved […]

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Maintaining a Community of Support During Social Distancing

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As California began responding to the COVID-19 crisis, it was clear that the young people who rely on ILSP would need us even more. But how do you keep a “drop-in” service running when dropping in isn’t an option?

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Protecting the Health of Our Young People

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At First Place for Youth, the well-being of our young people is paramount. We place their health and safety at the center of all our work as we prepare them to live independent lives as adults, and we always want them to be able to trust that we are giving them the best possible advice and have their interests at heart. We are applying this same approach as we address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New California Laws Part 2: K-12 and Postsecondary Education

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Part 1 of our overview of new California laws for 2020 focused on changes within foster care, juvenile justice, and […]

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New California Laws Part 1: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Homeless Youth

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A busy 2019 legislative session in California saw the passage of several laws for reform and improvement in the state’s […]

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Behind the Scenes of “Life After Foster Care”

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Published last week in print and on the LADYGUNN website, Life After Foster Care shares portraits and stories of former foster youth in their […]

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Designing New Futures

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Ranisha is one of five First Place participants and alumni who successfully completed their User Experience Design certification this year. Learn about the partnership that made this possible and about Ranisha’s journey.

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California Budget Adds $8 Million to Combat Youth Homelessness

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The investment will be distributed to county child welfare agencies enabling them to expand the successful THP-Plus program, which provides housing and supportive services for former foster youth age 18 to 24.

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Leadership News: New Executive Director for Southern California

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We are pleased to announce that Suzanne Brown has joined the organization as Executive Director for Southern California. Suzanne brings to First […]

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Pride and Belonging

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As LGBTQ+ Pride Month draws to a close, First Place staff and youth gather to celebrate with a “Loud and Proud” lunch

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United in Action – Career Exploration at LAX

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On April 17, First Place joined the United team for an inside look at the jobs that keep the airline running, and the skills for succeeding with the company.

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Creating Career Exploration Opportunities with United Airlines

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On March 21, First Place hosted a career day for program participants at our Wilshire Boulevard office. The event was the latest in an ongoing series of employment-focused activities planned in partnership with United Airlines

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In Support of AB 531 – Achieving the Vision of Extended Foster Care

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California was ahead of the curve in extending foster care to youth ages 18-21, and thousands of young people have […]

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Meet Breyon

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“I want to travel and make movies that tell stories about different people and places,” says First Place participant Breyon about her hopes for her future

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New Partners, New Pathways

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Last month, Jerah and five other First Place participants toured Adobe’s headquarters in San Francisco with the knowledge that in a few short months they might be working there

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Erika Van Buren Selected for Annie E Casey Foundation Fellowship

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We are thrilled to announce that Erika Van Buren, our Vice President of Evaluation and Learning, has been named to […]

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We Vote Because…

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I have a voice and want it to be heard My ancestors fought for my right to vote I want […]

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Leadership News: Heidi McIntosh Named CEO

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The First Place for Youth Board of Directors is delighted to announce the selection of Heidi McIntosh as CEO following […]

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United for Success

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United Airlines and First Place for Youth came together in July to celebrate the airlines $1M investment in our Los Angeles programs

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Congratulations Graduates!

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The San Francisco and Solano County Independent Living Skills Programs each hold graduation ceremonies in the spring to recognize the […]

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