Research & Publications

Within Reach: 2015 Annual Report

When we think back on our own lives, it’s easy to understand why the brink of adulthood is such an important time. Turning 18 means we’re at a crossroads — trying to figure out who we are and exploring where we belong in the world.

In 2015, First Place supported 464 young people with moving into safe, stable homes and served a total of 1,632 youth in five California counties. Data from the last fiscal year shows that:

  • 83% of First Place youth have a stable home.
  • 80% of First Place youth earned their high school diploma or GED, or were actively enrolled in school.
  • 91% of eligible First Place youth attended college.
  • 86% 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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