Just In Time For Foster Youth

Just in Time for Foster Youth engages a caring community to help transitioning foster youth (18-26) achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. We believe consistent, long-term help from the heart is the foundation for our youth's success so they can thrive and enjoy productive, satisfying lives.

Location: San Diego , CA
Year founded: 2003

Description

Each year, JIT serves over 750 transitioning foster youth (ages 18-26) in the greater San Diego area.  California has the largest number of foster youth in the country and, in San Diego alone, over 300 youth leave the system annually. A survey of JIT participants revealed that 34% are Hispanic, 26% are Black, 25% are White, and 15% belong to miscellaneous minority groups.

JIT’s unique model is based on our belief and experience that transforming the way support is offered and internalized is the key to durable impact that breaks the cycle of foster care. Disconnection from a healthy community is the foundational problem for the youth we serve so creating powerful relationships and new communities of connected support is our solution. Rather than centering delivery of services primarily on professional caseworkers, JIT mobilizes a community of caring adults who step in at this  critical juncture to become a consistent, trusted “extended family” for young people who lack a healthy network to depend on for guidance. 

That’s why JIT participants experience our services as inclusive, individualized and responsive to their specific needs, combining resources and relationships tied to collaborations with a larger community of individuals and organizations that share our passion for meaningful change. That includes former foster youth staff, including all of our Youth Services Coordinators.


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