What We Do

Dartre with Justin 2014

 

We help our young people find safe places to live. We have a housing support program that works with foster kids as they enter adulthood that lasts up to 36 months. We help them rent their first apartments, learn to pay bills, and live on their own.

 

We mentor our young people, to help them develop the confidence and life skills they need. We have an education and support center for foster kids in five counties in California. At each center, 16 to 24-year-olds learn about health, relationships, and communication, attend budgeting and finance classes, and receive one-on-one mentoring and advocacy services, building a foundation for responsible adulthood.

 

We support our young people to stay and do well in school. We work with foster youth while they are still in high school to help them stay on track towards graduation and give them the educational foundation they need to succeed through the rest of their lives.

 

We train our young people in job skills and help them find jobs. Job skills and continued education set young adults on a positive path to responsible adulthood. Our job training program empowers foster kids as they learn to support themselves by helping them attain their educational and employment goals.

 

 

First Place for Youth steps in to support young people who don’t have families who can be there for them. We play a similar role as a family—celebrating their victories and providing support when things don’t go as planned. We set consistently high expectations for our participants and give them the skills and support they need to reach them. We support foster kids the way a family would. We give them love and support as well as the tools they need so that practical skills and confidence take root. We help them get their first jobs, teach them to pay their own bills and help them learn to make good choices in life. We invest deeply in evaluation and data collection to demonstrate how our approach works, and to constantly learn how we can improve our programs.