First Place is There Every Step of the Way

Teens and young adults aging out of foster care face immense challenges as they make the transition to independence and adulthood, including a disproportionately high risk of homelessness, unemployment, trauma, and educational disparities. To effectively address these barriers, First Place provides tailored support through four key support zones that we know make the biggest impact on transition-age foster youth: education, employment, housing, and life skills training.  

Our goal is to equip older foster youth with the tools and resources they need to thrive. After all, as our Vice President of Evaluation & Learning, Matt Levy says, “What could matter more for your own transition into adulthood than a network of supporters, connection to resources, and a safe place to call home.” 

Education is a powerful catalyst for change and provides foster youth with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities needed to shape a brighter future. Through educational stability, tutoring, college preparation, and access to scholarships and financial assistance, we empower foster youth to overcome educational barriers and unlock their full potential. 

Sustainable employment is essential in fostering self-sufficiency and economic stability for foster youth. At First Place for Youth, we offer job readiness training, vocational skills development, internships, and career counseling to set foster youth on a path toward a successful career. By empowering youth with marketable skills and supporting their career aspirations, we enable them to create a solid foundation for independence. 

We recognize the critical importance of providing stable housing support during the transition to adulthood. Our innovative approach includes secure housing and rental payment assistance. Through this approach, we ensure that foster youth can focus on achieving their goals without the fear of homelessness. 

Life skills are the building blocks of self-sufficiency and resilience. At First Place for Youth, we prioritize life skills training in financial literacy, health and wellness, decision-making, and self-advocacy. By equipping foster youth with these essential skills, we empower them to make informed choices, navigate challenges, and thrive in all aspects of their lives.  

The individualized guidance and genuine personal connection our young people receive from their First Place team allows them to identify and pursue their goals in a safe, supportive environment. We’re there every step of the way to help our young adults build the skills they need to be self-sufficient and achieve long-term success in school, work, and life. 

Your support is vital to providing the comprehensive services that our young people rely on in their transition to independence. Make your Gift Today!


Trauma-Informed Care in Action at First Place 

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In the Media

Share the Spirit: After years in the foster system, a young woman gets a room of her own

With First Place for Youth in her corner, Jayla Lackaff is studying video game design at College of Alameda

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Research & Publications

2023 Annual Report

In 2023, First Place for Youth and our network partners in Massachusetts, New York, Mississippi, and Cincinnati served 1,660 young […]

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