For more than 20 years, First Place for Youth has taken pride in providing young people in foster care with safe homes and caring support to help them reach their full potential and grow into the adults they want to be. However, even as we work every day to give our youth a space where their voices and dreams are heard, valued, and uplifted, we do so with the knowledge that the young people of color who we serve—especially our young Black men and women—continue to face racism and discrimination that seeks to limit their reach and often cut short their lives.

Now and always, we stand and work along side all those fighting to end police brutality and institutionalized racism and pushing to create lasting change and a more just society. 

Because Black Lives Matter.

In light of the most recent incidents of police violence against Black Americans, including the murder of George Floyd, and the ongoing protests around the country, First Place is providing both staff and youth with opportunities to come together to speak about their feelings and share their fears and concerns in mutual support. And, as ever, we will keep supporting our young people as they learn to advocate for themselves and their communities, preparing them to step into the world with confidence as leaders and agents for positive change.