My First PlaceTM is a nationally-recognized education and employment program model that employs housing and case management supports to enable youth to develop a sense of permanency and build the skills they need for a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Participants are assigned to a team of program staff, consisting of a Youth Advocate (a master’s-level social worker), an Education and Employment Specialist, and a Housing Specialist. With the support of this team, and within the program-embedded Steps to Success and Healthy Transitions frameworks, each young person works to identify, plan for, and achieve their personal long-term goals in education, employment, housing, and healthy living.
We believe that having a safe place to call home is a stabilizing factor that enables youth to focus on their education and employment goals, build community, and establish a foundation for long-term success in independent living. Therefore, as part of the My First Place program, young people receive rent-free housing in shared apartments for the duration of their time in program.