Research & Publications

Pathways to Independence Report

Click here to review our Pathways to Independence report, a multi-year project of the Mississippi Youth Voice board and First Place for Youth Policy.

The recommendations in this report have been developed by the Mississippi Youth Voice board as strategies to decrease negative experiences and increase positive outcomes for Mississippi’s transition-aged foster youth. The recommendations reflect a comprehensive review of current programs and policies, youth experiences, and assessment of youth outcome data.


Trauma-Informed Care in Action at First Place 

For foster youth who have experienced trauma and instability, the transition to adulthood is a pivotal journey that can be […]

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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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