By Katie Ranftle|2021-08-10T11:56:36-07:00February 26th, 2021|Comments Off on Samantha Kalahar
Mississippi Site Director
Joined First Place: 2020
Samantha oversees First Place for Youth’s collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services and the Annie E. Casey Foundation/Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative to improve services for foster youth in the state. She develops partnerships with community stakeholders and advances a policy agenda that creates opportunities for youth and removes legislative, regulatory, and systemic barriers that hinder them from achieving self-sufficiency and success. Samantha also leads our direct-service programs in the state, acting as advisor for Mississippi Youth Voice, a youth-driven advocacy initiative, and managing Opportunity Passport™, a financial capacity building and matched-savings program.