Who is eligible?

Anyone ages 16 to 20 who:

  • is currently in an out-of-home placement, OR
  • was in an out-of-home placement on or after their 16th birthday .


Education Assistance 

Educational services at SF ILSP focus on high school completion and preparation for college or career success.  Supports include tutoring and skill development, referrals, vocational and experiential learning, computer skills, test taking skills, special reports required for school including IEPs, and assistance with college applications. We also offer First Foundation, a more structured program for high school completion.

First Foundation

First Foundation is an educational support program for young people willing to commit to earning their high school diploma or GED. Participants attend workshops focused on educational and social skills and test preparation and receive individualized tutoring, IEP support, educational plan management, and assistance in goal setting and service coordination.

Daily Living

To ensure young people have a strong foundation for independence, SF ILSP provides information and training in budgeting and financial literacy; obtaining vital records;  personal responsibility and self-advocacy; household management; navigating public transit, and other vital life skills.

Career Development

At SF ILSP young people have the opportunity to begin planning for their future career success. Our staff provide assistance and referrals to help our young people explore potential career paths and develop work readiness and responsibility skills. 

We also offer employment development & experience, vocational training, apprenticeship opportunities, and job placement and retention support.

Health & Wellness

SF ILSP provides assistance and referrals to promote physical health, mental health, and safety, including substance abuse prevention, smoking cessation, pregnancy prevention, and nutrition.


Through a partnership with the Seneca Family of Agencies, SF ILSP helps youth make community connections and create a permanent network of support in preparation for adulthood.​

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After completing the referral form,  submit it as an email attachment to ygonzalez@firstplaceforyouth.org or fax to 415-230-3981


How long is someone eligible?

Eligibility for ILSP ends on a young person's 21st birthday. 

SF ILSP is open to current and former foster youth, Kin-GAP youth, and probation youth from age 16 until their 21st birthday. The program offers a full range of education, employment, permanency, and resource and referral services to support success.


Finding and maintaining housing can be complicated for young people, especially in the Bay Area. SF ILSP offers support and referrals for transitional housing; federal, state and local housing programs; and landlord/tenant issues.​

How can someone join?

Youth are referred to ILSP by their child welfare workers, probation officers, community partners or may self refer.