“In this brief, First Place for Youth embodies next-generation nonprofit leadership by answering the call to action and building evidence strategically with like-minded evaluation partners. In taking an actionable approach focused on what best serves young people, First Place for Youth committed to a common evidence plan in service of more effective, equitable outcomes for foster care youth, and they delivered. We need more of this in the world,” said Kelly Fitzsimmons, Founder and Chief Executive, Project Evident.
Looking ahead, First Place for Youth intends to use this methodology in combination with its policy expertise to help elevate outcomes for foster youth both in its own programs and at other foster care organizations.
“At the end of the day it’s about growing a more effective and equitable foster care system. It’s about the youth we serve,” said Dr. Erika Van Buren, Vice President of Learning, Evaluation & Strategic Impact at First Place for Youth. “When I look at the future of our organization, I see First Place for Youth as connective tissue between policy, technology and improved outcomes for foster youth across the United States.”
ABOUT FIRST PLACE FOR YOUTH: Founded in 1998, First Place for Youth envisions a world in which involvement in the foster care system does not limit young people’s opportunity to thrive. Its mission is to support foster youth to build the comprehensive skills needed to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. First Place provides evidence-based, results-driven direct services to more than 1,500 foster youth each year in six California counties—Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Solano—and through its My First Place™ Network with partner providers in Boston, New York City, Cincinnati, and Mississippi. For more information, visit firstplaceforyouth.com, follow @FPFY on Twitter, or connect on Facebook.
Press Contact, First Place for Youth
510.272.0979 ext. 262