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First Place for Youth is proud to offer the San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program. ILSP serves youth from age 16 until their 21st birthday and offers a full range of services designed to assist and support emancipating foster care and probation-involved youth in their transition to independent living. 

Youth can participate in ILSP in the following ways: Education and Employment Services, First Foundation, Family Finding and Permanency Services, and events and workshops.

Education assistance including skill development, assistance & referrals to improve literacy skills, high school diploma/GED completion, post-secondary education, vocational and experiential learning, computer skills, tutoring, test taking skills, special reports required for school including IEPs, and assistance with college applications.

Career development including assistance and referrals to begin career exploration, develop work readiness and responsibility skills, employment development & experience, vocational training, apprenticeship opportunities, job placement and retention.

First Foundation is an educational support program for youth in high school willing to commit to the program until high school graduation or GED attainment.

Participants receive individualized goal setting assistance, tutoring assistance, IEP support, educational plan management and assistance coordinating service providers to help ensure completion of Diploma or GED.

Participants attend workshops focused on educational and social skills development, study skills and test-taking preparation.

Intensive Family Finding and Engagement Assistance through Seneca Family of Agencies to help youth create a permanent network of support in preparation for adulthood.

Assistance and referrals to promote physical health, mental health, and safety skills including, but not limited to: substance abuse prevention, smoking cessation, pregnancy prevention, and nutrition education.

Daily living skills including information/training in financial management and budgeting; personal responsibility skills; self-advocacy; household management; consumer and resource use; obtaining vital records; how to access/use public transportation, pay bills, obtain, read and correct a credit report.

Housing Information including training and referrals about transitional housing programs; federal, state and local housing programs; and landlord/tenant issues.

Who is eligible?

Youth between the ages of 16 and 20 who are currently in an out-of-home placement or who were in an out-of-home placement sometime after their 16th birthday are eligible for ILSP services until their 21st birthday.


For More Information

Independent Living Skills Program

30 Harriet Street
San Francisco
(415) 230-3980

websites: www.firstplaceforyouth.org   www.sfilsp.org