“We want them [our kids] to be well taken care of. We want them to give back to their community. We want them to leave a legacy of growth and pursue education.”
Sam Cobbs, First Place for Youth
We would always use the term, “These are our kids. These are our kids.” And if we think about what it is that we want for our kids, we don't say, ”Hey, we want safe, affordable housing.” That's a given. We talk about we want them to be well taken care of, that we want them to give back to their community, that we want them to leave a legacy of growth and pursue education. If these were truly our kids, as an organization, just like parents do, we needed to hold ourselves accountable for doing that with the young people we worked with.