First Place In The News
Al Jazeera America aired a news segment to follow up on the article they wrote in January about the importance of extending foster care to age 21. They featured First Place for Youth participant, Ja'Ney Batiste's story. Check your local cable listings to find Al Jazeera America to see the story.
1/26/14 First Place youth's story featured in article about Fostering Connections bill
First Place for Youth participant, Ja'Ney Batiste's, story was featured in an article that talks about the extension of foster care to age 21. Click here to read the article.
1/11/14 First Place youth featured in story about Sprouts Cooking Class
First Place for Youth participant, Dartre, is featured in a story about Sprouts Cooking Class. Dartre is now a chef apprentice at Flora restaurant after he completed the six-month Sprouts Chef-in-training program. Click here to read the full article.
12/13/13 Chekwa Hosts Toy Drive
RAIDERS.COM reporter, Rebecca Corwan, writes an article about Cornerback, Chimdi Chekwa hosting a toy drive for the kids of First Place for Youth at the annual Youth Holiday Party on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Lake Merrit United Methodist Church. Chimdi was joined by 5 of his teammates. They signed autographs, took photos and interacted with youth, staff and volunteers that were at the party. Click here to see the whole article.
10/31/2013 First Place for Youth participant featured in article about the college experience for foster youth
New York Times has an article about college life and programs that support foster youth like the Guardian Scholars Program. The article includes the story of Manny Roque, a participant of the My First Place Program in Los Angeles. Click here to read the article.
10/12/13 First Place for Youth participant featured in two editorials about youth homelessness
San Jose Mercury News Reporter, Mark Emmons, writes two articles about the rise of youth homelessness. First Place for Youth participant, Jarad Andrews, talks about his experience of homelessness before coming to First Place for Youth.
Click here to read "Former homeless youth share their stories," and click here to read "Fears of another 'lost generation': Youth homeless numbers rising."
9/13/13 - First Place Rocks the Fox featured in the Oakland Magazine
First Place Rocks the Fox received a full page feature in the Oakland Magazine September-October issue. The page (page 30) includes snapshots from First Place for Youth's 15th anniversary celebration event that took place on May 23, 2013 at the Fox Theater in downtown Oakland. The event included performances by Vocal Rush, Maya Azucena, Zion I, and DJ Fuze.
The Bold Faced Blog posts "Donate the Gift of Education" which features the employment and education services of First Place for Youth.