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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Elijah’s Story: The Power of Support and Determination to Succeed!

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At age 18, Elijah Miller understood that he needed to graduate from high school to move forward with his life […]

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Advocacy Paves the Way for Foster Youth in Mississippi

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We are proud to announce that, with the help of First Place for Youth, Mississippi is moving towards becoming the […]

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The First Place ‘Secret Sauce!’

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At First Place, every young person we partner with has the potential to overcome complex barriers. Sometimes, however, a young […]

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Karla’s Story

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For 23-year-old Karla, a recent graduate of our My First Place™ program, her experience provided a life-changing opportunity to prepare […]

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WEBINAR | Evidence Building from the Inside Out

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Insights, Best Practices & Priorities for Nonprofits Held Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 at 10:30am PST Missed the webinar or want […]

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WEBINAR | Raising the Bar for Extended Foster Care

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This webinar is over – but please explore the video and associated resources below! Leveraging evidence to improve outcomes through […]

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Home and Connection: Making More Possible

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“When I was struggling with housing last year, a friend told me about First Place for Youth. Things started to get better as soon as I had a place to live,” said Lani, a My First Place participant in Oakland.

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Honoring the Class of 2020

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Graduation season is always a time for celebration at First Place as we recognize the academic acheivement of our young people. […]

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Behind the Scenes of “Life After Foster Care”

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Published last week in print and on the LADYGUNN website, Life After Foster Care shares portraits and stories of former foster youth in their […]

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Meet Franklin

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When we talk about the work of First Place, it’s often in terms of helping foster youth beat the odds […]

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Designing New Futures

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Ranisha is one of five First Place participants and alumni who successfully completed their User Experience Design certification this year. Learn about the partnership that made this possible and about Ranisha’s journey.

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Pride and Belonging

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As LGBTQ+ Pride Month draws to a close, First Place staff and youth gather to celebrate with a “Loud and Proud” lunch

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