2020 IMPACT OVERVIEW

In 2020, First Place for Youth and our network partners served 1,583 young people. In California, My First Place provided 677 young people with safe, stable housing, education and employment support, and comprehensive case management services.

TRAITS OF YOUTH AT ENTRY

WITH THE SUPPORT OF FIRST PLACE

Earned or Progressed Toward High School Diploma

92%

Eligible Youth Enrolled in Postsecondary Programs

84%

Employed (Prior to Start of COVID Pandemic)

82%

Avoided Pregnancy while in Program

97%

Avoided Arrest while in Program

97%

Maintained Stable Housing at Exit

96%

How We Measure Impact

First Place is an outcome-driven organization. We believe in setting high expectations for the young people we serve, and hold ourselves accountable to equally high expectations.

The young people who we serve come to us from a diverse range of past circumstances, which means they enter our program having widely varied proficiency in academics, employment, and life skills. The My First Place program is designed to help youth establish basic stability and, over the course of their time in program, build the fundamental skills that contribute to long-term success.

Because MFP is designed as a longer-term support program (12 – 36 months) with a gradual “on ramp” for participants, some outcomes may take time to become evident, and early outcomes may not be directly attributable to participation in MFP. To more accurately reflect the impact that MFP has on participants’ post-program stability, the housing outcome shown here includes only youth who exited program after 12 months or more. The average time in program for First Place participants is 18 months.