Meet Dre

March 26th, 2018

Dre is the first one to admit that when he moved into his First Place for Youth apartment, he wasn’t prepared for all the intensive support the program provides. “When you get into First Place, you have all these plans
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Then and Now: Angelica

March 23rd, 2018

Fourteen years ago, Angelica was unexpectedly pregnant and felt like she had let herself down. Where is she now? Read More »

Policy Update: Supporting SB940

March 16th, 2018

Foster youth continue to face lower educational outcomes than their non-foster youth peers, particularly when it comes to postsecondary education. By age 26, just 4 percent of former foster youth have earned a Bachelor’s degree, compared to 36 percent of
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Leticia’s Story: Finding Home

February 28th, 2018

"It feels like more of a home, where I am now. I'm comfortable here," says Leticia, who joined First Place in 2017. For Leticia, home and comfort have not always been synonymous. Read More »

Important Leadership News from Board Chair Jennifer Friedman

January 23rd, 2018

After 12 years with First Place for Youth, CEO Sam Cobbs has announced his departure, effective February 19th. We are so thankful for Sam’s years of passionate, dedicated service and success, as First Place has grown to become California’s largest
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#WhenIWas18: Kurt Warner

August 8th, 2017

On August 5, Kurt Warner was inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame. Last year, as First Place celebrated our 18th birthday, Kurt spoke with us about his own journey navigating the uncertainties of adulthood. Read More »

Krisha’s Story

August 4th, 2017

When Krisha visited Washington, D.C. for the first time, she made time to see the sights, but she wasn’t just there as a tourist. She had a story to tell about the importance of jobs programs. Read More »

Funder Recognition

May 4th, 2017

First Place is proud to be a grantee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Read More »

A Message from Sam: Sharing Important News with You

March 16th, 2017

It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to let you know our Co-Founder and Vice President of Policy, Deanne Pearn, will be moving on from First Place for Youth at the end of this month Read More »

Jordan’s Story

March 6th, 2017

When Jordan decided it was time to take control of his life, he turned to First Place. Read More »