What stands out to you about the culture of First Place and the Los Angeles team?
What makes First Place unique is the pairing of real-time data to understand what we’re doing well, where we need to improve, and focusing on those areas of improvement, the relationship-building that happens with young people, and the intentional assessment to understand their needs and strengths and pairing the individualized services to support their goals. The LA team has always been an outspoken bunch with a willingness to improve, and that generates honest and insightful conversations. It’s always about the young people, and their dedication to that is inspiring.
What does it mean to you to see Los Angeles now serving over 200 young people in a year?
It’s amazing. That’s 200 young people who have the opportunity to pursue their goals. LA has grown larger than I think we initially anticipated that it would. There was really intentional planning within First Place about where we needed to be to reduce the barriers preventing young people from engaging with us. So being able to serve that level of young people in the communities that need to be served, it’s a game changer.