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We are overjoyed to share that, with your incredible generosity, we have not only met but EXCEEDED our $25,000 match goa...
01/08/2024

We are overjoyed to share that, with your incredible generosity, we have not only met but EXCEEDED our $25,000 match goal! 🎉

Your generosity will make a monumental impact on the lives of older foster youth, providing them with essential services, advocacy, and the support they need to thrive. 🌈✨

Here's to each donor, each share, and each act of kindness that brought us beyond our goal. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! 💙

P.S. While the match may be over, you can still continue to support our work by donating on our website and sharing our work with your community! Visit https://firstplaceforyouth.org/donate-support/ to learn more.

Thank you California Alliance of Child and Family Services for having us at today's insightful Child Welfare Policy Roun...
01/05/2024

Thank you California Alliance of Child and Family Services for having us at today's insightful Child Welfare Policy Roundtable!

We're so proud to be a part of the  ! Check out this article from the East Bay Times featuring one of our very own youth...
01/05/2024

We're so proud to be a part of the ! Check out this article from the East Bay Times featuring one of our very own youth participants, Jayla!

Jayla Lackaff spent her teenage years in California’s foster system. Now 22, she is studying video game design.

We are on the cusp of reaching our $25,000 match, and your support can help us get there. If you've already made a gift,...
12/31/2023

We are on the cusp of reaching our $25,000 match, and your support can help us get there. If you've already made a gift, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! If not, there's still time to contribute.

Your contribution is invaluable, and if you donate before midnight TONIGHT, your gift will be matched up to $25,000. This means your support will go twice as far in providing essential services and advocacy for transition-age foster youth!

Together, let's make more possible so our young people can reach their fullest potential and thrive. Donate now at: https://firstplaceforyouth.org/donate-support/

For Adelaida, My First Place™ has meant more than just a home; it has become the foundation for her healing journey afte...
12/28/2023

For Adelaida, My First Place™ has meant more than just a home; it has become the foundation for her healing journey after facing many challenges from an early age.

"The purpose of First Place is to build us up," Adelaida emphasizes. "I've been healing since I entered the program and it's been amazing to experience this personal growth and to see where I'm going."

By contributing this holiday season, you empower young individuals like Adelaida to overcome adversity and pursue dreams of stability, independence, and fulfilling careers. And when you make a donation by December 31, your contribution will be matched up to $25,000!

📍Make your gift today at: https://firstplaceforyouth.org/donate-support/

💙 If you are a federal employee or know someone who is, you can also support First Place for Youth (CFC # 97885) by selecting us as your CFC beneficiary.

It wouldn't be winter in California without some ice skating! ❄️⛸️Our Los Angeles team and youth had a wonderful time ic...
12/26/2023

It wouldn't be winter in California without some ice skating! ❄️⛸️

Our Los Angeles team and youth had a wonderful time ice skating at Pershing Square Holiday Ice Rink earlier this month! Special thanks to all the staff who brought youth, skated and supported with the logistics. Happy holidays!! ✨

Last week, our Winter Holiday Celebrations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara County were filled with joy as staf...
12/22/2023

Last week, our Winter Holiday Celebrations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara County were filled with joy as staff and youth came together to celebrate the season! Thanks to the incredible support for our Holiday Gift Drive, our youth received heartwarming gifts that will make this season truly special. 💙

We are truly grateful to everyone whose generosity helped make these holiday celebrations unforgettable for our young people. Happy Holidays!!🎄✨

Our My First Place™ participant, Jayla, was recently featured in an article from the East Bay Times for their Share the ...
12/18/2023

Our My First Place™ participant, Jayla, was recently featured in an article from the East Bay Times for their Share the Spirit Campaign!

The Share the Spirit holiday campaign, sponsored by the Bay Area News Group, provides relief, hope and opportunities for East Bay residents by helping raise money for nonprofit programs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

This year, First Place aims to raise $20,000 through the East Bay Times’ annual Share the Spirit campaign to provide foster youth like Jayla with housing and other support so they can focus on building the skills they need to transition into adulthood.

📍Read the full article at https://www.sharethespiriteastbay.org/2023fppy/
📍Support our work by donating at www.sharethespiriteastbay.org/donate

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

12/15/2023

Our organization is honored to be featured in a dedicated chapter, written by our Vice President of Evaluation & Learning, Matt Levy, Chief Policy Officer, Jane Schroeder, and former Chief Impact Officer, Erika Van Buren, in Project Evident’s new book, "Next Generation Evidence: Strategies for More Equitable Social Impact".

In this chapter, we shed a light on First Place's unwavering commitment to achieving life-sustaining, living wage employment for all youth transitioning out of foster care.

Next Generation Evidence features insights from practitioners, funders, policymakers and researchers on how evidence can support organizations in achieving stronger and more equitable outcomes. Download your free copy today on Project Evident’s website: https://projectevident.org/next-generation-evidence-the-book/

Our LA youth recently visited the Jimmy Kimmel Live set in Hollywood, California! 🎬On top of the incredible experience o...
12/13/2023

Our LA youth recently visited the Jimmy Kimmel Live set in Hollywood, California! 🎬

On top of the incredible experience of attending a live taping of the show, Shane and Ny’Aisha were also given some amazing presents that will help equip them to chase their dreams in both career and education. We’re grateful for these unforgettable moments that inspire and empower our rising stars! Thank you Jimmy Kimmel Live for this experience✨

Time is running out to help us make the season bright for older foster youth in Northern & Southern CA. ⏱️🎁We're still l...
12/08/2023

Time is running out to help us make the season bright for older foster youth in Northern & Southern CA. ⏱️🎁

We're still looking for giftcards, phone chargers, kitchen appliances, and more to make this Holiday Gift Drive a success for our incredible young people!

Purchase your gifts by THIS SUNDAY, December 10 to make the holidays happy for everyone on our list.

https://firstplaceforyouth.org/donate-support/other-ways-to-donate/

Our 2023 Annual Report is now available! With the support of their My First Place™ team and their own motivation to harn...
12/06/2023

Our 2023 Annual Report is now available! With the support of their My First Place™ team and their own motivation to harness opportunities for themselves, our young people are overcoming insurmountable odds. After 180 days in our My First Place™ Program:

◼ 92% of youth exited the program with safe, stable housing.
◼ 78% of college-eligible youth enrolled in postsecondary education.
◼ 86% obtained employment or realized a wage increase while in the program.

📍Read the full report and our impact on our website: https://firstplaceforyouth.org/2023-annual-report/

Our SF Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) team held an amazing Open House yesterday for our staff and community to...
12/02/2023

Our SF Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) team held an amazing Open House yesterday for our staff and community to gather together at the SF ILSP office!

It was a great opportunity to meet the SF ILSP team and learn about the program and services that are provided for transition-age youth.

Shoutout to all our SF staff members for organizing this fantastic event to welcome the holiday season! 🎄

📍Learn more about our ILSP services on our website at https://firstplaceforyouth.org/what-we-do/program-impact/independent-living-skills-program/

First Place for Youth proudly hosted an inspiring Roundtable discussion featuring the remarkable Tina Knowles-Lawson, in...
11/30/2023

First Place for Youth proudly hosted an inspiring Roundtable discussion featuring the remarkable Tina Knowles-Lawson, in collaboration with our valued partners at Art + Practice!

Miss Tina Knowles shared four empowering messages for our young adults on navigating life's journey:

1. Find a mentor - You can’t create what you can’t see
2. If you have passion, talent, and work hard, you don’t need to be formally trained to succeed
3. Celebrate who you are
4. Write it down - Manifest it! Envision it! Be a good person!

Thank you Ms. Tina Knowles and Art + Practice for this unforgettable discussion!

📸 Tina Knowles Roundtable discussion at Art and Practice. 8 November 2023. Photo: Halline Overby

Thank you Sienna Naturals for sharing the love and joy this  ! 💙For every purchase you make with Sienna Naturals today, ...
11/29/2023

Thank you Sienna Naturals for sharing the love and joy this ! 💙

For every purchase you make with Sienna Naturals today, 25% will go directly to First Place for Youth. Treat yourself to products that make you feel good, while also contributing to a brighter future for older foster youth!

Thank you Issa Rae Hannah Diop and Sienna Naturals for your support!

Visit their website to shop for plant-based haircare: www.siennanaturals.com

"It’s been almost 10 years since I left the My First Place™ program, and every time I walk past the First Place office o...
11/28/2023

"It’s been almost 10 years since I left the My First Place™ program, and every time I walk past the First Place office on my way to work, I’m flooded with memories of a time when I faced incredible challenges, as well as those of comfort when realizing all that I’ve achieved with the support of First Place. I was looking for stability, a safe place to live, and support, and I found that at First Place," said Sam Vitti, First Place alum.

"I did a lot for myself, but I would not have had the tools that I have now if it wasn’t for a program like First Place for Youth." ✨

Today, on , you have the chance to be a catalyst for change. Your donation, no matter the size, is a step towards rewriting narratives and shaping a future where transition-age foster youth thrive.

💙 Support older foster youth today by making a gift on our website: https://firstplaceforyouth.org/donate-support/

Happy Thanksgiving from First Place for Youth! 🍁This holiday season, we are so thankful for all those who have made a me...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from First Place for Youth! 🍁

This holiday season, we are so thankful for all those who have made a meaningful impact on the lives of young people in foster care. We are deeply grateful for the dedication and steadfast commitment of our volunteers, board members, donors, partners, and our staff.

Thank you for being a vital part of our community and for helping us redefine what's possible for transition-age foster youth!

We had a great time meeting CA State Senator Bill Dodd at our Solano County Independent Living Skills Program office tod...
11/22/2023

We had a great time meeting CA State Senator Bill Dodd at our Solano County Independent Living Skills Program office today! Check out some photos below ⤵️

Join First Place for Youth in spreading holiday cheer to older foster youth through our Annual Holiday Gift Drive! Your ...
11/20/2023

Join First Place for Youth in spreading holiday cheer to older foster youth through our Annual Holiday Gift Drive! Your gifts will turn new apartments into homes and remind young folks that they are cared for by their community. 🎁💙

You can support our Holiday Gift Drive by:
1️⃣ Purchasing items from our NorCal and SoCal Wish Lists: https://firstplaceforyouth.org/donate-support/other-ways-to-donate/
2️⃣ Shop online or in-person and drop off items at our Oakland or Wilshire office.
3️⃣ Spread the word! SHARE the joy by encouraging friends and family to participate.

Let's make this season unforgettable for these young folks!🎄

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Gifts will be distributed to youth during our annual Winter Celebration. Contact Lauren Chiarulli with questions, monetary donations (we do the shopping for you) or to otherwise celebrate our youth during the Holiday Season: [email protected] or (510) 924-0401.

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First Place recently celebrated our CVS Pharmacy Tech Apprenticeship Program graduates! 🎓🎉This year, First Place partner...
11/18/2023

First Place recently celebrated our CVS Pharmacy Tech Apprenticeship Program graduates! 🎓🎉

This year, First Place partnered with CVS Pharmacy and Thryv Consulting to offer our youth participants an opportunity to obtain paid pharmacy training in an apprenticeship program.

Nine apprentices obtained their pharmacy tech training and three of the graduates have begun a full-time employment at a local CVS Pharmacy in their community.

We're excited to announce that 13 more Solano county youth have entered the Fall 2023 cohort! Stay tuned for more updates on these amazing youth and their journey!

"The heart serves as a part of all of us that elicits emotions making us more human and more connected. This kind of lov...
11/15/2023

"The heart serves as a part of all of us that elicits emotions making us more human and more connected. This kind of love runs throughout our work at First Place. I’ve seen it and felt among our teams and in the stories told by our youth. Why hide it?" 💙

Read First Place CEO Thomas Lee's personal reflections on love, legacy, and lessons learned from his retreat with First Place's leadership at the Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum, Selma, Alabama, NYC's African Burial Ground, and MLK's Memorial in Atlanta on our blog:

Following the First Place for Youth retreat in Alabama, I continued to New York, Washington D.C., the Carolinas, and ultimately […]

The recent leadership team's visit to historic sites in and around Montgomery, Alabama— The Legacy Museum: From Enslavem...
11/10/2023

The recent leadership team's visit to historic sites in and around Montgomery, Alabama— The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, The National Memorial For Peace And Justice, Montgomery, Alabama, and Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma Alabama—has deepened our commitment to rectifying historical inequities. These powerful landmarks vividly depict the legacy of racial injustice and the journey toward racial equality and systemic change. Team members were moved by the Legacy Museum, which narrates America's racial history through powerful exhibits and interactive media.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, commemorating over 4,400 Black individuals subjected to racial terror lynchings, profoundly impacted the team. The engraved names on 800+ steel pillars stand as a tribute to those who suffered racial violence. The trip's lessons inspire our team to confront systemic racism for a more just society.

Lastly, the Edmund Pettus Bridge's historic significance as a landmark of civil rights struggles revealed the painful history of the fight for voting rights. The televised Bloody Sunday beatings drew national support for civil rights activists, propelling the movement for voting rights.

This journey renews our dedication to supporting transition-age foster youth and addressing the impact of systemic racism on their lives.

Read more about the team’s moving and inspiring trip here:

First Place for Youth is committed to rectifying historical inequities and empowering historically oppressed groups by acknowledging the importance of […]

First Place for Youth brought young folks and their youth advocates to see Shotgun Players’ production of ‘Hedwig and th...
11/08/2023

First Place for Youth brought young folks and their youth advocates to see Shotgun Players’ production of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley. Before the show, founding artistic director Patrick Dooley talked to the group about the career opportunities available in the theatre arts, including theater administration.

Thank you Shotgun Players for having us - it was an amazing evening and show!

Thank you Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur for visiting us today at our Santa Monica housing site! We look forward to par...
11/07/2023

Thank you Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur for visiting us today at our Santa Monica housing site! We look forward to partnering with your office to further the opportunities of our youth. 🌟

As we gear up for our upcoming Annual Report, we couldn't resist sharing a sneak peek from our recent photoshoot with th...
11/02/2023

As we gear up for our upcoming Annual Report, we couldn't resist sharing a sneak peek from our recent photoshoot with the incredible young adults of our My First Place program! 📸✨

Stay tuned for our 2023 Annual Report, where we'll unveil the stories, achievements, and milestones that make our mission so meaningful. With your support, we're creating a brighter future for foster youth as they transition into independence.

Read last year's annual report at: https://firstplaceforyouth.org/2022-annual-report/

Since 2018, First Place for Youth has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services in Jackson ...
10/26/2023

Since 2018, First Place for Youth has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services in Jackson to deliver programs for transition-age foster youth across the state to build skills, relationships, and personal understanding for independent, self-sufficient adult lives.

Follow Mississippi Youth Voice to stay updated with our work to empower young people with experience in foster care to advocate for and create resources for themselves and their peers, develop leadership skills, and engage with a broader community of support!

Want to learn more about Mississippi Youth Voice or First Place for Youth's work in Mississippi? Check out our new, revamped website at https://www.msyouthvoice.org

We're so proud of Macario and the other 2023 CVS Pharmacy Tech graduates. Check out this feature to learn more about our...
10/24/2023

We're so proud of Macario and the other 2023 CVS Pharmacy Tech graduates. Check out this feature to learn more about our employment partnership with CVS, and Macario's journey at First Place for Youth:

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.

Our Thanksgiving Basket Drive is quickly approaching and we need your support to make it a success! This year, our staff...
10/16/2023

Our Thanksgiving Basket Drive is quickly approaching and we need your support to make it a success! This year, our staff and volunteers will assemble Thanksgiving baskets filled with shelf-stable foods to deliver to the homes of My First Place program participants, ensuring they have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal to enjoy at home.

🔸How Can You Help?🔸

🎁 Purchase Items from Our Amazon Wish Lists: We've compiled a wish list of the items we'll need to create these special Thanksgiving meal kits! Just add the items you'd like to purchase to your online shopping cart, and have them shipped to us! We'll do the rest.

Northern CA: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/21T0P3VSLHLCD/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex
Southern CA: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2Z5SBTF0WB1ML/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex

💙Spread the Word: Share our Thanksgiving Basket Drive with your friends, family, and colleagues. Encourage them to participate and make a difference in the lives of transition age foster youth.

If you'd like a tax receipt for your donations, please email Lauren at [email protected]

Breaking news: First Place for Youth announces partnership with New Jersey Department of Children and Families to extend...
10/12/2023

Breaking news: First Place for Youth announces partnership with New Jersey Department of Children and Families to extend My First Place™ services statewide, enhancing the lives of hundreds of transition-age foster care and homeless youth.

Read the press release here: https://firstplaceforyouth.org/press-release-mfp-new-jersey/

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