First Place for Youth


First Place Names Former Obama Advisor Heidi McIntosh as New CEO

First Place for Youth, a California organization that works with transition-age foster youth, has named former Department of Health and Human Services staffer Heidi McIntosh as its CEO. The Oakland-based organization manages the independent living skills programs (ILSP) for San Francisco and Solano Counties, but it also has seven offices across California, a partnership with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services and affiliation with a nonprofit provider in Massachusetts.


First Place for Youth Gets $1 Million to Expand Services for L.A.’s Foster Youth

First Place for Youth, an Oakland-based nonprofit that helps older foster teens and young adults transition into adulthood, has been awarded a $1 million grant from United Airlines to expand their services in the Los Angeles area.


How We Can Better Support Youth in Extended Foster Care

Although today I am an attorney and a proud leader in an executive role at First Place for Youth, at 18 years old, I was struggling. I didn’t have a relationship with my parents for a time.


California Bill to Increase Support for Pregnant Foster Youth Reaches Governor’s Desk

Whether to increase financial support for prenatal care and other needs of pregnant foster youth is in California Governor Jerry Brown’s hands, now that Assembly Bill (AB) 1838 has passed in both the Senate and Assembly.


Hack the Hood Provides Tech Opportunities For Underrepresented Youth

Joseph Clark, a 25-year-old Oakland, California native, has always enjoyed figuring out how things work. “If I had any old radio system or any old computer, I’d try to break into them and try to reattach them,” Clark said.


More Than Me: An Explanatory Study of Pregnant and Parenting Youth in the Foster Care System

By the time they are 21, more than 50% of female foster youth have a child. This is more than twice the pregnancy rate of their non-foster peers. Due to the 2010 extension of foster care to age 21, this high pregnancy rate has entered the policy spotlight.


    Which Funders are Helping Foster Youth Age Out Successfully?

    Aging out of foster care can be a difficult process. With little community support, former foster kids are more at risk for homelessness, arrest and incarceration, and failure to graduate from college.


    Housing Shortage Drives Transition-Aged Foster Youth Across San Francisco County Line

    San Francisco’s endemic housing crisis is contributing to a startling exodus of older foster youth, leaving neighboring counties to shoulder the responsibility.