Eva and Clarence, youth in First Place's Los Angeles program, attending a job fair
First Place for Youth Continues to Expand LA Programming to Meet Overwhelming Need
It was the Summer of 2010 when First Place for Youth began providing our supportive housing program to former foster youth, ages 18-24, who were at high risk of homelessness, poverty and low academic achievement. In less than two years, First Place for Youth has rapidly expanded its program services in LA to 85 youth, tripling the number being served, due to a $3 million contract awarded from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Through this funding contract, First Place is working as the lead organization with three additional subcontractors: Hillsides, Covenant House and Bridges, Inc., to expand our outcome-driven program throughout the County.
Through the First Place innovative supportive housing program, former foster youth live in apartments in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, learning and practicing the life skills they need to thrive and transition to adulthood. Besides providing housing in a safe, affordable neighborhood, each youth is paired 1:1 with a Youth Advocate (case manager) and an Education and Employment coach who helps them to achieve their personal education, employment and healthy living goals. We know that education along with employment, in a job with a career path, is the key to long term self-sufficiency. Our outcomes are a result of the strong relationships that staff build with youth, to help motivate and empower each young person to provide for themselves by the time they exit our program.
Los Angeles Foster Youth Stats
• Over 50 percent of California’s foster care population are in Los Angeles
• Over 1,500 youth will age out of foster care in Los Angeles annually (the largest jurisdiction in the country)
• Of these 1,500 youth, there are only enough supportive housing services to help 250 of them make the successful transition to adulthood
• Without services, 65 percent face imminent homelessness, 20 percent will be arrested or incarcerated and less than 1 percent will graduate from college
Meet youth in First Place's Los Angeles program
Jermoni & Kimberly
LA Advisory Committee Members
Riordan Leadership Institute Board Interns
- Patsy Giacinti Rincon, Senior Managerial Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
- Quynh-Giao Tran, Consultant, Accenture
First Place for Youth operates our programs in five counties in partnership with each of these counties, institutional and individual donors, and other service providers. In Los Angeles, First Place counts among its partners LA Homeless Services Authority, Department of Children and Family Services, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Jewish Vocational Services, LA Trade Tech College, Shields for Families, Public Counsel, Violence Intervention Program, the LA County Probation Department, LA’s BEST and the Painted Brain. Southern California funding partners include the Angell Foundation, California Community Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Weingart Foundation, James Irvine Foundation and the TK Foundation.