Network Partner: Mississippi Department
of Child Protection Services

ESTABLISHED 2018

CONTACT INFORMATION

601-359-4785
mdcps.ms.gov

Mississippi Site Director:
Samantha Kalahar

skalahar@

firstplaceforyouth.org

Opportunity Passport Coordinator:
Cotina Brown

cbrown@firstplaceforyouth.org

PROGRAMS

  • Rising Up Initiative
  • My First Place

PARTNERSHIPS

First Place for Youth has entered into an innovative partnership to support the Mississippi’s efforts to implement improved support for transition age foster youth.

About the Partnership

First Place for Youth has entered into an innovative partnership to support the Mississippi’s efforts to implement improved support for transition-age foster youth through two unique programs.

Opportunity Passport is a financial literacy and matched saving program that helps young adults transitioning from foster care to become financially independent.

  • Financial and money management education
  • Helping participants open, maintain, and grow a bank account in their name
  • Matching participant savings dollar for dollar (up to $3,000) to help purchase approved assets such as transportation, housing, or education-related expenses

Mississippi Youth Voice members are young leaders ages 18-26+ who were in foster care and have made a commitment to supporting the success of other Mississippi foster kids. The Mississippi Youth Voice Board empowers young people who have experienced foster care to advocate for themselves and their peers. Board members develop leadership skills, advocate with community leaders, create resources for youth in care and transitioning out of care, and engage with a broader community of support.

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative created the Opportunity Passport program and supports its implementation in Mississippi and other sites across the country. Jim Casey Foundation also supports the Mississippi Youth Voice Program.

Building a Network of Like-Minded Partners Committed to Changing the Future of the Transition Age Foster Youth Across the Country

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