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JUST IN TIME FOR FOSTER YOUTH
October 31, 2010

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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 .

More feedback

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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I helped move furniture from people's garages to the first apartments of transitioning foster youth. I also spoke to groups about the worthiness of this at-risk population.