If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

As nerdy as this may sound, I would choose Dumbledore, for the opportunity to learn from a leader who strives to empower others and acts with courage, wisdom, and kindness.

What motivates you to create social impact?

I believe we all have the ability and responsibility to do tangible good in the world, and can think of no greater achievement than creating or contributing to something that has a positive impact on the lives of others.

Host Site Overview

The mission of First Place for Youth is to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood.

Host Site Project

The mission of First Place for Youth is to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. First Place works to ensure that all foster youth throughout the state of California have the opportunity to experience a safe, supported transition from foster care. Through a housing program, an employment and academic enrichment program, counseling, youth community center, collaboration with other community agencies, and community education, First Place helps youth to gain the skills they need to live independently and succeed on their own. First Place for Youth is a data-driven learning organization committed to achieving positive outcomes for youth. To this end, the agency has developed a highly skilled evaluation team that is seeking a New Sector Fellow to participate in an applied research field placement to obtain experience-based learning opportunities in the areas of program research, evaluation and organizational performance management. The Fellow will gain first-hand experience in applied research and program effectiveness methods, program theory, organizational change practices and performance measurement. Core functions of the New Sector Resident’s work experience will include: – Design and implement evaluation studies and data collection protocols using action research and program evaluation methods – Implement data collection, entry, dataset management and analysis activities using SPSS, Excel and Apricot – Document and present data and results of analyses to technical and non-technical audiences – Develop resources on data-driven service decision making – Conduct literature reviews using scholarly search engines and write summaries All responsibilities are aimed at ensuring access to and quality of programs.