Keke is Ready for a Construction Career!

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“First Place is a really, really, really good program, and I wish people would join this program because they help […]

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Meet Kaelyn, Future Licensed Vocational Nurse! 

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My First Place™ participant and mother, Kaelyn, is working diligently to create a better life for her daughter. Because of […]

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Anay Dreams of Opening Her Own Salon!

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Anay, age 22, enrolled in the Rising Up program in November 2021 and looked forward to moving into her first […]

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Myron Reaches for the Stars!

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My First Place participant, Myron, age 21, has long dreamt of a career in filmmaking, screenwriting, production, and acting. Now, […]

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Meet DJ

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Read how DJ took control of his journey, his story and his identity with First Place.

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Meet Xochtil

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Learn how Xochtil stabilized her housing and support system, and used that foundation to advocate for others.

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The Future is Theirs: Congrats to the Grads!

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We are proud to announce that 138 First Place young people overcame unprecedented challenges, to achieve this educational milestone!

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Featured Alumni: Julius’ Foster Care Journey

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Julius, a My First Place alumnus, joined the program when he was 22 years old after his sister introduced him […]

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Apprenticeships Empower Youth to Grow and Achieve!

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When Jacob, 21 years old, joined our Apprenticeship program to work at Family Harvest Farm in Pittsburgh, CA, he wasn’t […]

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Elijah’s Story: The Power of Support and Determination to Succeed!

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At age 18, Elijah Miller understood that he needed to graduate from high school to move forward with his life […]

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The First Place ‘Secret Sauce!’

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At First Place, every young person we partner with has the potential to overcome complex barriers. Sometimes, however, a young […]

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Karla’s Story

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For 23-year-old Karla, a recent graduate of our My First Place™ program, her experience provided a life-changing opportunity to prepare […]

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Meet Franklin

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When we talk about the work of First Place, it’s often in terms of helping foster youth beat the odds […]

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Leslio’s Story: An Opportunity for Independence

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“If I hadn’t found First Place, I’m not sure where I would be today,” says Leslio, a First Place participant in Santa Clara County. “But I’m sure I wouldn’t be living the life I want,”

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Meet Dre

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“When you get into First Place, you have all these plans and it’s easy to get overwhelmed,” Dre is the first one to admit that when he moved into his First Place for Youth apartment, he wasn’t prepared for all the intensive support the program provides.

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Then and Now: Angelica

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Fourteen years ago, Angelica felt like she had let herself down. See where she is now, and how First Place helped her get there.

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Leticia’s Story: Finding Home

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For Leticia, home and comfort have not always been synonymous.

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Krisha’s Story

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When Krisha visited Washington, D.C. for the first time, she made time to see the sights, but she wasn’t just there as a tourist. She had a story to tell about the importance of jobs programs.

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Jordan’s Story

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When Jordan decided it was time to take control of his life, he turned to First Place.

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Moving In: Charisma

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Charisma had a special visitor stop by to welcome her to her new apartment.

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Celebrating Jacquetta

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First Place for Youth is proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of Jacquetta, one of our young people in Solano County. […]

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Meet Ma’Kia

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Ma’Kia shares how First Place for Youth has helped her overcome homelessness and pursue a career as a dental assistant.

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Meet Rhoddavie

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Hear why Rhoddavie chose First Place to help her reach her goals.

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Meet Carmen

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Meet Carmen, a mom and graduate of our program who now has permanent housing.

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