Research & Publications

See the Change: 2016 Annual Report

In FY 2016, First Place provided education and employment counseling and housing to 476 current and former foster youth with high needs in six California counties. An additional 1,000 young people received support in academics, job seeking, building independent living skills, and avoiding risky behaviors.

  • 75% of First Place youth have a stable home.
  • 96% of First Place youth earned their high school diploma or GED, or were actively enrolled in school.
  • 81% of eligible First Place youth attended college.
  • 81% of First Place youth obtained employment.


The Power of Public-Private Partnership in Mississippi’s Child Welfare

Written by Samantha Kalahar and Kimberly Smith This year marks Mississippi’s ninth year as a Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative […]

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In the Media

Advancing Equitable AI in the US Social Sector

One example of an organization using AI to support evidence-based decision-making is First Place for Youth, an organization that helps foster youth make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. First Place for Youth built a recommendation engine that uses precision analytics—a technology that predicts trends and behavioral patterns by discovering cause-and-effect relationships in data—to analyze program administration and case assessment data, and learn from differences in outcomes among youth.

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March is ‘Stay Paid’ Month at First Place!

March is ‘Stay Paid’ Month at First Place for Youth where we acknowledge all of our young people’s efforts in […]

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