Staying Power: Longer Stays in the My First Place Program Contribute to Successful Outcomes for Transition Age Youth.
Pearn, Deanne. Orozco, Gabriel. Selver, Max. Cobbs, Sam.
First Place for Youth.
Published: October 2012
First Place for Youth is a program for transition age foster youth that couples stable housing with guidance to achieve critical milestones in employment, education, and healthy living on the way to successful adulthood. It is recognized as a model program for its innovative, results oriented approach to service delivery. This paper suggests that the program yields strong positive outcomes for youth. We find that youth who stay in program longer are more likely to exit into stable housing and make significant progress in achieving their employment, education, and healthy living goals. This finding holds true for youth who entered program with a variety of risk factors. Additionally, the paper identifies the program practices and policies that support these greater outcomes and ultimately save public resources.
foster adolescents; foster care alumni; aging out; independent living skills; housing; stability; employment; education; data analysis; outcomes