First Place for youth is proud to recognize employees who demonstrate excellence!

First Place for Youth is the largest organization in California dedicated exclusively to providing access to affordable housing and resources for transition-age foster youth and has grown to become a nationally recognized model. Since our founding in 1998, we have provided thousands of California foster youth with the housing, employment, and educational support needed to make the difficult transition from foster care to independent living. With these critical resources, youth are significantly more likely to overcome homelessness, poverty, low educational achievement, and poor health.

We are proud to recognize the talented employees who achieve the outcomes that demonstrate the positive impact our work makes in the lives of young people.  First Place for Youth's Excellence award recognizes employees who, through embodying First Place's core competencies,  have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements.

First Place for Youth's core competencies are:

  • Courage
  • Relentless Pursuit of Excellence
  • Investment in the Potential of Others
  • Effective Communication
  • Strategic Thinking

Four awards will be granted.  One exceptional direct service staff member who provides services to youth enrolled in First Place programs will be submitted as a nominee for the Superstar Foundation's Veronica award.

About the Superstar Foundation

The Superstar Foundation was founded in 2007 with a two-fold mission:

  • To identify and reward individuals who use data to improve outcomes for underserved individuals, families and communities.
  • To promote and advance transformative relationships as the driving force to outcome achievement in the social services sector;

As health, education and social services continue to progress towards better measurement of outcomes, the Superstar Foundation believes that transformative relationships and a commitment to data-based decision making at the level of engagement is the key to all long-term, sustainable improvement in the lives of those we serve.