Since our founding 20 years ago, First Place for Youth has worked to realize our vision of a world in which growing up in foster care doesn’t define a young person’s life or limit their potential. In Fiscal Year 2018, we served 1,697 youth in total, with 572 receiving housing plus comprehensive education, employment and life-skills support through the My First Place™ program.

  • 93% of My First Place participants transition to a stable home after completing the program.
  • 98% of MFP youth earned or were working toward their high school diploma/GED.
  • 87% of college-eligible MFP participants enroll in post-secondary programs.
  • 84% of MFP participants obtained employment while in our program.

Featured in the report

A close-up portrait of Kim, a black woman, sitting outside with trees in the background

Kim, 2008 Alum

It’s been a long time since her First Place days for Kim, who recently celebrated her 30th birthday.

A close-up portrait of Cynthia, a young latina woman, in front of a gray brick wall looking directly into the camera

Cynthia, 2016 Alum

Two years after leaving First Place, Cynthia reflects on how the support she received put her on a better path

Close-up portrait of Fearious, a young black man, standing in front of an orange brick wall and smiling

Fearious, Current Participant

Earning a reputation as a real go-getter since he joined My First Place, Fearious is always putting in the work to reach his goals.