First Place for Youth supports young people as they complete high school and begin their postsecondary education.

All of our young people have stable housing, which helps reduce absenteeism and course withdrawal, and receive individualized support from a First Place Education Specialist to ensure success. Students in our program research and identify career pathways of interest and are eager to expand their knowledge and potential through higher levels of education.


  • Career services using assessments to identify a career pathway of interest
  • Academic counseling to create an education plan and monitor progress
  • College application support, including completion of FAFSA
  • Financial support to help cover supplemental costs


  • 72% of First Place youth earn their high school diploma or GED, while only 49% of California’s foster youth complete high school
  • 92% of eligible First Place youth attend college, while only 10% of the nation’s foster youth enroll in college


We’ll come to your campus to learn about your school and programs, or you can visit our local office and share information at a weekly staff meeting.

A partnership with First Place can:

  • Increase the persistence and graduation rates of foster youth in your school
  • Bring community recognition to your school

Ways your school can support First Place’s young people:

  • Coordinate a Campus Visit
  • Organize a Career Panel with Current Students
  • Promote Career Pathway Programs
  • Connect Students to Campus Resources
  • Share Information about Financial Aid
  • Facilitate a Skill-Building Workshop