United Airlines grants USD1m to First Place for Youth in California

United Airlines has announced it has given a USD 1.0 million grant to California-based First Place for Youth in support of its My First Place program, the company said.

The four-year investment will enable First Place to expand wraparound support services to 50 percent more foster youth in the region. First Place will strengthen career-focused programming and provide the tools to help secure meaningful employment and increase lifetime earning potential for Angeleno foster youth.

Over the next four years, United´s investment in the My First Place program will help First Place for Youth provide Los Angeles´ foster youth with safe, stable housing, individualized education and employment counseling and healthy living support services. United will work hand-in-hand with the local organization and engage with city and community leadership to create profound, sustainable advancements for the city´s foster youth population.

The grant is the fifth in a series United is making in all of its domestic hub markets. Each grant is a part of a total of $8 million in grants to help address critical needs identified by local leadership in each of its hub market communities — Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents.

First Place for Youth serves nearly 2,000 foster youth, ages 16-24, across California each year and is the state´s largest provider of housing and support services for this vulnerable population.