The First Place Fund for Youth launches on June 1. Initially the program provides a financial literacy course and one-time micro-loans to cover first and last months’ rent.

Other highlights

  • Gene Smolensky, former Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, hosts the first fundraiser for First Place in his backyard. 80 attendees raise $12,000.
  • The organization is housed in the adjunct faculty office at the Goldman School through the summer and then moves into Berkeley offices.
  • Four former foster kids — Michelle, Faryaz, Regina, and Anthony — enroll in First Place’s financial literacy course.