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Media Center 2017-12-04T09:53:23+00:00

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Claudia Miller
Vice President of Advancement
510.272.0979 x299

How We can Better Support Youth in Extended Foster Care
August 14, 2017


Hellen Hong, Executive Director of First Place’s Southern California Region offers her views on what it takes to maximize the impact of extended foster care programs and provide young people with the most effective supports in their transition to adulthood.

Measuring impact by looking at big data
July 19, 2017


First Place CEO, Sam Cobbs, is among those quoted in this article exploring how and why the non-profit world is using data to understand the real needs of those they serve and evaluate the effectiveness of their work.

Big Bets on City Youth Can Pay Off
July 19, 2017

First Place’s outcomes and growth initiatives are higlighted.

Ashland Place Adds to Community Revitalization Efforts in Bay Area
July 1, 2016


Ashland Place is an 85-unit affordable housing development that opened in Alameda County’s Ashland community in December 2015. Fifteen of the units are reserved as supportive housing for 18-24 year olds who have been in foster care or homeless, and First Place for Youth provides individual case management for these young people to help them transition to fully independent living.

This Is How You End the Foster Care to Prison Pipeline
March 16, 2016

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NationSwell looks at the First Place for Youth programs and the impact it can have for young people who otherwise face high rates of homelessness and incarceration. Through a profile of program participant Pamela Bolnick, the article explores how foster youth can excel when they have a comprehensive support network to help them make the transition to adulthood.

50 Fund Game Changers: First Place For Youth
February 3, 2016

As recipients of a Super Bowl Host Committee “Game Changer” grant, First Place for Youth and the #WhenIWas18 campaign were profiled by a variety of national and regional news organizations as the big game approached. The video above aired on NBC Bay Area. Additional highlights included:

Overview of “More Than Me” Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth Study
January 20, 2016


The Chronicle of Social Change summarizes the findings of First Place for Youth’s exploratory study of the characteristics and outcomes of parenting foster youth in the My First Place program.

Read the Full Report.

Housing Shortage Drives Transition-Aged Foster Youth Across San Francisco County Line
September 2, 2015


Having a safe and stable place to live is something everyone wants, and something that many young people in foster care have not experienced. With the rising costs of housing in San Francisco, many foster youth are being forced to move out of the county to find housing they can afford. This article by The Chronicle of Social Change highlights the stories of young people who are being affected by this problem, and includes quotes from First Place for Youth’s Chief of Staff, Liz Bender.

Super Bowl of Giving: Bay Area game’s philanthropy will make history
June 24 2015


Philanthropy has long been kept on the sidelines of America’s biggest annual sporting event. Organizers of the Bay Area’s Super Bowl 50 have drawn up a different game plan: to be one of the highest-profile philanthropic campaigns in Bay Area history. And, First Place for Youth was one of the first five Game Changer winners of a $500,000 grant. This grant will accelerate our expansion into Santa Clara County as well as an innovative housing program in Alameda. Ultimately, this grant will allows us to support more of the Bay Area’s youth.

Several Affordable Housing Projects in Pipeline for SF
March 25, 2015


Built and managed by Mercy Housing, the apartment complex at 1100 Ocean Avenue includes 25 units designated for homeless young people ages 18 – 24. Charisma Aaron is one of these young people. She spent years in the foster care system but despite the challenge, is now attending college and says having this stability will make a difference.

Super Bowl 50 hosts give $2.5 million for youth outreach
February 27, 2015

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The San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee will be distributing $2.5M worth of grants among five Bay Area non-profits. First Place is honored to have been selected as one of the grantee organizations. This $500K grant will help us change the lives of at-risk foster kids and expand our model to reach even more young people.Our partnership with the 50 Fund will also bring national attention to the challenges facing foster kids learning to support themselves.

The Performance Imperative
February 26, 2015

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Top nonprofit leaders from around the country, including First Place CEO Sam Cobbs, undertook a yearlong, collaborative effort to develop a clear definition of a “high performance organization.” The result is The Performance Imperative: A framework for social-sector excellence (PI).

The PI is a jargon-free guide to the key organizational disciplines for achieving high performance. Watch a short intro video and download your copy.

Property Managers in Los Angeles County Lease Apartments to Foster Youth
February 1, 2015

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First Place for Youth  has been in the practice of leasing apartments to give foster kids a safe place to live for years. A two-page spread in the February 2015 issue of Apartment Age gave First Place for Youth the opportunity to reach out to landlords and property managers in the Los Angeles area to explain the need for our program and the evidence for its success, as well as share the benefits and requirements for landlords who may be interested in leasing to FPFY participants.

Money Ball for Government
January 21, 2015

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First Place for Youth is thrilled to be featured in this new book written by a bipartisan group of current and former federal government leaders and advisors. Moneyball for Government encourages shifting how government decisionmaking happens, proposing that data, evidence and evaluation should be the driving forces behind policy and funding.

You can learn more about the Moneyball for Government movement at their website, and the book is available to purchase at