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First Place is Empowering Foster Youth for a Brighter Future!

For many older foster youth, transitioning out of foster care can be a challenging time, especially for those without a strong support system to fall back on.  

At First Place for Youth, we know that with supportive adults to help them succeed and guidance in developing life skills, foster youth can build the foundations for success. Our evidence-based programs are designed to equip our youth with a combination of academic support, housing assistance, life skills training, employment readiness, and mental health support. 

Our Vice President of Evaluation & Learning, Matt Levy, puts it simply, “It takes a village to raise a child and support them in their successful transition to adulthood. That’s even more true for those aging out of the foster care system that may not have received the coaching, love, stable housing, financial and social connections, and support that is critical in order to thrive.” 

In fiscal year 2023, First Place for Youth spent a total of 1,569,469 minutes supporting 1,660 youth transitioning out of foster care across the country. And, in this past fiscal year, 91% of youth in our My First Place™ program exited to stable housing, equipped with the skills and resources they need to build a fulfilling future. 

But it doesn’t stop at services from First Place – empowering foster youth to succeed requires our collective effort. This month, you can directly support our young people with what they need to put their best foot forward during our Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. We are looking for donations of Chromebooks, stationery supplies, lunch containers, and more on our Amazon Wishlists by July 31. 

With your support, we are transforming lives and helping young people build a brighter future.  

Events

Celebrating Success this Graduation Season

During this graduation season, we are so excited to celebrate all the educational milestones of the youth we serve!   At […]

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Impact Stories

Thriving Against the Odds: Dulce’s Story

From foster care to academic accolades, Dulce’s journey is nothing short of inspirational! Dulce made her way to First Place […]

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Press Release

Press Release: First Place for Youth Raises More Than $600k for Transition Age Foster Youth at A Celebration of Heart and Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Richter | julie@julierichter.co Held during National Foster Care Month, the event celebrated local leaders […]

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