Evaluation of My First Place, A Program of First Place for Youth
The Program Being Evaluated
My First Place, a program of First Place for Youth provides critical services to young adults ages 18-24 who have aged out of the foster care system. The goal of the organization’s program is to increase stability and reduce homelessness among this group of young people through intensive case management, housing and education and employment support services.
Independent researchers from Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) conducted a formative evaluation from June 2010 through March 2012.
About the Evaluation
Researchers conducted site visits and extensive in-depth interviews with First Place for Youth staff at all levels and reviewed program documents gathered from 2010 to 2012.
In-depth interviews were conducted with 46 My First Place participants and their Youth Advocates between November 2011 and February 2012.
Researchers conducted phone interviews with key referral agencies and community partners in employment and education.
A staff survey was distributed to all employees of First Place for Youth in February 2012.
Case file reviews and data from First Place for Youth’s Impact Tracker management information system was collected approximately every six months over the course of the evaluation.
Knowledge and Impact
- My First Place participants experienced significant, positive change in the areas of education, employment, housing and healthy living while in program.
- 68% enrolled in education programs
- 72% found employment
- Participants reported significant improvement in their housing situation on the basis of quality, safety and security
- Participants indicated lower levels of depression and greater positive social supports
- Instrumental relationships developed between participants and their Youth Advocates are the cornerstone of the model’s success.
- Program retention rates and participant compliance with high standards for program engagement provide early evidence of the program’s efficacy in achieving intended outcomes.