JUST IN TIME FOR FOSTER YOUTH

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: PO Box 81292 San Diego CA 92138 USA

Mission: Just in Time provides transitioning foster youth with opportunities for self-sufficiency through emergency support, essential resources, and caring personal guidance at critical junctures on their path to independence.
Results: Assisting over 400 youth each year, Just In Time For Foster Youth's current focus is on being measurable, sustainable, and replicable.
Target demographics: Transitioning Foster Youth ages 18-26
Programs: My First Home Emergency/Basic Needs Financial Fitness College Bound Career Bound

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love every experience I've had with this organization! I love the youth as well as the volunteers that have dug in and helped them. Great people...all of them! I have volunteered for "My First Home for the Holidays", "College and Career Bound", and the year-round program, "My First Home". Now, I find myself even more involved serving on the Board of Directors. Helping a youth establish their first home is a happy and emotional experience for everyone involved. Helping a deserving young adult begin or maintain their education/career by giving him/her the tools they need for success (such as, a laptop, printer, welding tools etc) is amazing!! This is little recognized population most of whom are strong and worthy individuals who with a little help and caring will grow into happy, healthy, contributing members of society. They are SO WORTH THE INVESTMENT OF TIME AND ATTENTION. What a feel good!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When it took a "youth" that I have a special relationship with 2 years to look at me quietly and say "I don't get it...I just don't get it...why do you care?" I was hooked all over again! All I could say was that I care because he was WORTH caring about! The world will be a better place because he will have been in it. I take pride in knowing that I had the opportunity to touch his life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Show more and more people how important this organization is to the survival and future success of this wonderful population of "kids".

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth who have spent most of their lives in foster care are "emancipated" when they turn 18. These young men and women are oftentimes left without any resources and are released into their communities. Just In Time For Foster Youth is a life changing and life saving program for these young adults. By providing a number of gap services like housing, help with jobs and finances, Just In Time bridges their transition to their independence. It takes a dedicated group of staff and volunteers to provide these young people with the tools for a better tomorrow. I can not commend enough the efforts of all those who support Just In Time for Foster Youth and their mission .

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I witnessed a foster youth who had been in 10 different foster homes only to be locked out of the house on their 18th birthday and Just In Time was their to pick them up.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its funding so that it could serve more 'aged out' foster youth and create a better future for them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first realized that foster youth had to learn how to become self-sufficient adults with little or no family support, I was shocked. I remembered how much help I gave to my children in their late teens and early twenties. When I got involved with Just In Time For Foster Youth, I was surprised to see how motivated these youth were and how a little help went a long way! Here we have these youth without resources and a support system and then we have a community of of people with tons of resources and a willingness to help - Just In Time brings them together.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Over the past 8 years, I have personally witnessed the impact of Just In Time and the transformation that occurs when youth are given a greater chance to succeed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find a way to extend the JIT approach to foster youth before the age of 18. All children are "in transition" from the time they are born and deserve to have the nurturing of caring adults who are actively teaching them how to become self-sufficient .

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

From Jeanette Day, a court-appointed youth advocate

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Providing gap services for transitioning foster youth.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To change the appalling stats on foster youth and to help foster youth actually achieve self-sufficiency.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Just In Time for Foster Youth is a San Diego non-profit helping former foster youth transition to self sufficient adults. Although they have programs in education, finance, mentorship and basic needs, my favorite program is My First Home. JIT provides "aged out" foster children with household goods and furnishings for their first apartment. We try to provide all the basics from furnishings like a bed, dresser, kitchen table, sofa, coffee table, to the small necesssities, such as linens, dishes, glassware, cookware, pots and pans. After many years of different "placements" within the foster care system, the youth are so grateful to have a place they can finally call HOME! We use new and nearly new items donated by the community or purchased with JIT's funds provided by individual and corporate donations. The experience has been heartwarming and so fulfilling for me and my family as volunteers for the past three years!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My experience has been wonderful. To see a former foster child feel cared for by someone in the community, is a great feeling. After years of being taken care of by others that are "paid to do so", they are in awe that JIT volunteers are here to help them because they want to, not for a salary, but just because they care!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see Just In Time for Foster Youth be replicated in other cities. I once helped a San Diego youth that moved to the Los Angeles area. She couldn't find any organization like JIT there. She drove all the way back to San Diego to receive some help with furnishings for her apartment.

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