WHAT IS FIRST PLACE FOR YOUTH?

FIRST PLACE FOR YOUTH IS DIFFERENT

First Place is about you. We know that everyone’s goals are unique. The people you’ll meet here are dedicated to helping you thrive and find the path that’s right for you in work, school, and life.

It's a great place to stay on track!
Current First Place Participant

First Place for Youth is here to support you as you strive for more in life.

We believe every young adult should have safety, stability, and guidance on the road of life. With our support, you’ll continue your education, start your career, build the skills you’ll need to succeed, and find a place you can call home.

We offer two different programs — My First Place (MFP) and the Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) — to help you as you look toward your future, set goals, and develop a plan to get what you want. The right program for you depends on where you are and what you need.

OUR PROGRAMS

Who’s eligible?

Current and former foster youth, probation youth, and homeless youth, ages 18 – 24.

Where is it available?

We offer MFP in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Los Angeles County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County, and Solano County.

What You Get

A Dedicated Team

Your first place team consists of a Youth Advocate (case manager), Education and Employment Specialist, and Housing Specialist who will support you as you learn practical skills, build relationships, and begin planning for your future. You’ll meet your YA and EE often, and they’ll help you set goals and work toward them.

Personalized Education and Employment Support

Through MFP’s “Steps to Success” you’ll receive ongoing guidance as you earn your high school diploma or GED, enroll in or continue college or vocational training, explore career pathways, and/or find a job that pays a living-wage. Your Education and Employment Specialist will assist you with:

  • Education planning, course selection, and study skill building
  • Completing financial aid and scholarship applications
  • Accessing existing on-campus resources for academic support and employment
  • Building job search and retention strategies
  • Developing interview and workplace readiness skills
  • Writing resumes and cover letters
  • Exploring potential career paths

Housing

Knowing you have a stable place to call home makes it easier to focus on your future. All MFP participants are provided with a shared apartment while in program. When you graduate from MFP, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to find and maintain housing as a responsible tenant.

Who’s eligible?

Current and former foster youth, Kin-GAP youth, and probation youth, ages 16 – 20.

Where is it available?

First Place for Youth manages the ILSP programs in San Francisco and Solano Counties. For information on ILSP programs in other counties, please check with your social worker.

What you get

Personalized Support in Preparing for Independence

Just like it’s name says, ILSP is focused on providing you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to have success as you transition from foster care or probation to independence. Staff will work with you to identify goals and take steps to put them within your reach, including connecting you with other services and resources.

Areas of support include:

  • Education and employment
  • Daily living skills
  • Permanency
  • Housing
  • Health and wellness.

Flexibility

ILSP offers weekday drop-in hours to members, as well as a variety of scheduled educational and community building events each month, from employment workshops to movie nights. You can talk to staff to help you decide which events and how much involvement is right for you.

High school completion support

“First Foundation” is a structured educational program offered to ILSP participants who commit to getting their high school diploma or GED. You’ll attend workshops focused on educational and social skills and test preparation. You’ll be able to receive individualized tutoring, IEP support, educational plan management, and assistance in goal setting and service coordination.

It's not just about housing"
Former First Place Participant

IS FIRST PLACE RIGHT FOR YOU?

There is no one right kind of personwho succeeds at First place. You don’t have to have it all figured out. You just have to be willing to put in the work.

When you’re ready to start, contact your local First Place office.

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