Congratulations to Our San Francisco ILSP Graduates!

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Our San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) hosted their annual graduation celebration on June 6th at the Hyatt Centric […]

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Celebrating Success this Graduation Season

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During this graduation season, we are so excited to celebrate all the educational milestones of the youth we serve!   At […]

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Thriving Against the Odds: Dulce’s Story

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From foster care to academic accolades, Dulce’s journey is nothing short of inspirational! Dulce made her way to First Place […]

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California Youth Voice Members Advocate for Change in Sacramento, CA!

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On April 17th, First Place for Youth hosted our second annual Advocacy Day at the California State Capitol. This significant […]

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

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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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March is ‘Stay Paid’ Month at First Place!

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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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Share the Spirit: After years in the foster system, a young woman gets a room of her own

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With First Place for Youth in her corner, Jayla Lackaff is studying video game design at College of Alameda

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CBS News: Sacramento man goes from foster care to finding calling as a pharmacy tech

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SACRAMENTO — From foster care to pharmacy tech, a young man didn’t just overcome a challenging childhood – he wants to make sure others can do the same.

Macario Harris is only 24 years old, but he’s already found his calling.

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Meet Jasmine: Keynote Youth Speaker at our 25th Anniversary!

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Meet Jasmine, a My First Place™ participant and our incredible keynote youth speaker at our 25th Anniversary Celebration! In her […]

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Finding Stability and Support: Hollie’s Story

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Meet Hollie, a resilient 21-year-old who found her footing with the help of her dedicated team at First Place for […]

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Alicia’s Path to Becoming a Licensed Hairstylist

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As we count down to our 25th Anniversary Celebration in May, we are sharing key features and building blocks of […]

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Adelaida’s Story: Following Her Passions

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“First Place has helped me really grow as a person.“   Meet Adelaida, a First Place For Youth program participant […]

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Keke is Ready for a Construction Career!

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“First Place is a really, really, really good program, and I wish people would join this program because they help […]

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Meet Kaelyn, Future Licensed Vocational Nurse! 

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My First Place™ participant and mother, Kaelyn, is working diligently to create a better life for her daughter. Because of […]

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Anay Dreams of Opening Her Own Salon!

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Anay, age 22, enrolled in the Rising Up program in November 2021 and looked forward to moving into her first […]

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Myron Reaches for the Stars!

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My First Place participant, Myron, age 21, has long dreamt of a career in filmmaking, screenwriting, production, and acting. Now, […]

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Meet DJ

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Read how DJ took control of his journey, his story and his identity with First Place.

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Meet Xochtil

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Learn how Xochtil stabilized her housing and support system, and used that foundation to advocate for others.

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The Future is Theirs: Congrats to the Grads!

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We are proud to announce that 138 First Place young people overcame unprecedented challenges, to achieve this educational milestone!

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PSE WEBINAR | June 21, 2022 @ 11 AM PDT

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Coaching to Success: Post-Secondary Coaching to Drive Higher Progress & Completion Rates For Foster Youth Held: June 21, 2022 at 11 […]

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Featured Alumni: Julius’ Foster Care Journey

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Julius, a My First Place alumnus, joined the program when he was 22 years old after his sister introduced him […]

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Mississippi Youth Voice Leaders Champion a Historic Win!

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It’s official!   On April 27th, Mississippi became the 36th state to pass a tuition waiver for foster youth pursuing postsecondary […]

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Apprenticeships Empower Youth to Grow and Achieve!

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When Jacob, 21 years old, joined our Apprenticeship program to work at Family Harvest Farm in Pittsburgh, CA, he wasn’t […]

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Kinkade Legislation Signing

Press Release: Mississippi Governor to Celebrate Historic Legislation for Foster Youth

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Mississippi governor grants foster youth, ages 18-21, scholarships and the right to rent as adults Foster youth successfully advocate for […]

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