Last year, First Place for Youth served 1,697 young people ages 16 to 24 across all our programs. Through our My First Place™ (MFP) program, 572 youth received housing and intensive wraparound services supporting them in building the skills for long-term success in work, school, and life. 

Traits of youth at MFP entry in 2018

  • 51% were not in school

  • 58% were unemployed

  • 45% had prior justice system involvement

  • 21% were pregnant/parenting


85% of My First Place Participants were enrolled in school in 2018

84% of participants were employed

97% of participants avoided arrest


95% avoided additional pregnancies

93% of participants who spent a year or more in MFP remain stably housed after exiting the program

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, outcomes may take time to become evident, and early outcomes may not be directly attributable to participation in MFP. To more accurately reflect program impact the outcomes shown here are drawn from youth who exit program after 12 months or more.  The average time in program for First Place participants is 16 months.