Experiencing Campus Life

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At First Place, we know that all of our young people have the potential to achieve long-term success and self-sufficiency. […]

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First Place Honored at “Your Time to Shine”

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First Place for Youth was among those honored at the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles’ “Your Time to Shine” event in May.

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CEO Search Underway

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First Place for Youth has partnered with NPAG, a national executive search and consulting firm that is dedicated to serving the mission-driven community, to conduct the search for the next Chief Executive Officer to lead our organization into a new era of impact and geographic expansion. Learn more about the role and review the instructions for providing nominations or submitting an application.

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Policy Update: Supporting SB940

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Foster youth continue to face poor educational outcomes, particularly when it comes to postsecondary education. This week First Place traveled to Sacramento to show our support for SB 940.

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Important Leadership News from Board Chair Jennifer Friedman

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After 12 years with First Place for Youth, CEO Sam Cobbs has announced his departure, effective February 19th.

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#WhenIWas18: Kurt Warner

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On August 5, Kurt Warner was inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame. Last year, as First Place celebrated our 18th birthday, Kurt spoke with us about his own journey navigating the uncertainties of adulthood.

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Funder Recognition

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First Place is proud to be a grantee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

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A Message from Sam: Sharing Important News with You

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It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to let you know our Co-Founder and Vice President of Policy, Deanne Pearn, will be moving on from First Place for Youth at the end of this month

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Giving Voice to the Foster Care Experience

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First Place participant Noel Anaya recently put “aging out” in the national spotlight when he was featured on NPR’s flagship […]

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2017 Point-In-Time Counts

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Ending homelessness requires understanding of homelessness. Each January, volunteers in communities across the U.S. conduct a “homeless census” called a […]

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First Place for Youth featured in SF Business Times

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As a Game Changer grant recipient, First Place earned a mention in SF Business Times’ coverage of Super Bowl 50’s philanthropic efforts.

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50 Fund Game Changers: Super Bowl 50 Media Wrap-Up

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As recipients of a Super Bowl Host Committee “Game Changer” grant, First Place for Youth and the #WhenIWas18 campaign were […]

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#WhenIWas18 Campaign Launches

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Everyone needs a little help to find their way. Our #WhenIWas18 campaign asked celebrities and young people to share their stories of starting out.

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Chronicle of Social Change: Housing Shortage Driving Foster Youth Across City Lines

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Having a safe and stable place to live is something everyone wants, and something that many young people in foster […]

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SF Business Times on Super Bowl 50

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“Philanthropy has long been kept on the sidelines of America’s biggest annual sporting event. Organizers of the Bay Area’s Super […]

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ABC 7 Reports on New Affordable Housing in SF

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First Place is proud to partner with Mercy housing to provide on-site services at their new apartment complex at 1100 […]

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First Place Awarded Super Bowl 50 Grant

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As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee will be distributing […]

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The Performance Imperative

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Top nonprofit leaders from around the country, including First Place CEO Sam Cobbs, undertook a yearlong, collaborative effort to develop […]

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WHY Education and Employment Center

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First Place youth in Los Angeles are thriving, thanks to a generous donation from Women Helping Youth (WHY).

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First Place for Youth Featured in Apartment Age

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Providing apartments to our participants is a cornerstone of the My First Place program model. In the competitive housing markets […]

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First Place Featured in “Moneyball for Government”

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First Place for Youth is thrilled to be featured as an exemplar of effective data use in Moneyball for Government. […]

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Chevron Week of Caring

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Our Solano County Office benefitted from this year’s Chevron Corporate Week of Caring. There were 12 Chevron employees that came […]

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My New Red Shoes

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The My New Red Shoes organization helps homeless and low-income kids look and feel confident by providing them with new shoes and […]

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Celebrating Leeosha

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First Place for Youth is proud to acknowledge the hard work and success of Leeosha, a young person from Alameda County. […]

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