First Place for Youth

First Place for Youth helps youth in foster care and transitioning out of it gain the resources, skills and education necessary to live and succeed on their own. 

First Place works with young people, ages 16-24, who are in, leaving, or have recently left foster care without family or other community supports. Nationwide, 22 percent of such youth experience homelessness within two years.

First Place provides housing assistance and wraparound case management services that connect participants with employment training, secondary and post-secondary education opportunities, and financial literacy classes. These supports give young people the opportunity to make a safe transition from foster care and become self-sufficient adults. 

2014 Highlights

  • First Place continued to expand in Los Angeles while housing 404 young people and serving a total of 2,425 California youth across all of its programs.
  • Internal data showed that 83 percent of youth in its core program found a stable home, 80 percent earned a high school diploma or GED, 91 percent of eligible youth attended college, and 86 percent obtained employment.

  • First Place completed the first phase of its evaluation plan, which explored the implications for future evaluation of the organization’s implementing California’s Transitional Housing Placement-Plus-Foster Care program.

Youth Served

Revenue (in millions)


High school graduates entering the program who enroll in post-secondary education
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