Youth Stories

Nick’s Success Story

Volunteer and mentor, Mike Turner, and former JIT participant, Nick Sherar, hiked the top of Viejas Mountain over Memorial Day weekend. Nick, unfortunately, exceeds the age limit for receiving JIT services but continues to use the skills...

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Erika, Living & Breathing

A week before her move-in day at Cal State San Marcos, Erika was without a place to stay. It reminded her of what she missed most while in foster care, “a support system, anyone who would care and listen” and, as she says, “just...

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A Letter To My Mentor

“I haven’t been this happy and excited about life in years! It is hard for me to be genuinely happy because I am a worry bug. But, I can actually look in the mirror and smile. This month will be my one-year anniversary at my...

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Career Horizons: Participant to Coordinator

I felt panic and anxiety when the prospective employer asked me the big question, “What is your social security number?” How would I know that? When I aged out of foster care, I didn’t even know how to drive, make a doctor’s...

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Consistency is Key

How would you respond to a young man who shared that he was so focused on finding his next meal when growing up that he didn’t have time to also focus on school or studies? That was Juan’s story. But he’ll never need to...

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Tai’s Home

Forced to get rid of all her furniture, Tai was stuck with a twin size bed in an empty apartment. She applied for the My First Home program thinking she would get some basic essentials to help offset the cost of furnishing a home. Once...

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Return on Investment

Jabriel Jordan met Volunteer Adam Baker in Just in Time’s 2011 College Bound Program shortly before Jabriel would be leaving for his freshman year at Mayville State University. While Adam was a busy professional with three young...

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Shandy, Moving on to Law School

“Most people assume that once you’re accepted to a college, the battle is nearly over. But that is hardly the case. This summer, my dreams came true when my tireless work at UC San Diego became all worth it – I was...

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Oscar’s Story- A Tribute to a Role Model

Everyone would agree Oscar was a role model to the community, his family, and the foster youth community. As an activist for foster youth in San Diego, Oscar could always be found working with youth or at a community event. A former foster...

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Josue’s Story

Josue, a bright former foster youth, spent 8 years in the foster care system. At the age of 18, not knowing about any resources in the community, made legally becoming an adult a very difficult process for him. Eventually, through the...

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My Life

It’s amazing how today your life can be close to perfect and the next day everything can change Looking into officers eyes speaking the worlds don’t worry honey everything will be ok But what was considered ok? Because at 14 I found...

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Niki’s Little Blue Book

I have experienced several life instances that have seemed to be predestined. For instance, when I was nine and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up by a reporter from the Adopt 8 segment of the San Diego Channel Eight News, I...

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Education Equals Freedom-Sofia’s Story

JIT has been there for me since I graduated San Pasqual Academy in 2003. The organization was just starting out and I was one of the first youth to receive help JIT volunteers provided me with a pink laundry basket full of detergent,...

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Andres’ Story

Andres originally came to JIT for Basic Needs help. Like most youth at JIT, his life has been filled with obstacles at almost every level. Andres is one of seven siblings and took on the role of family leader at a young age. He used...

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Rebekah’s Story

“Not many people can say they were never truly wanted from the moment they were born, but I am one of the few who can. My parents did their best but were not capable of caring for my sister and me. We were locked away and nearly starved...

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Linda’s Story

“My mom and dad got divorced when I was in seventh grade. I wanted to live with my dad and attend El Cajon High School because it had a good reputation for helping students get into college. My dad and I were living with a friend but...

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Latroy’s Story

Growing up in the poorest areas of Milwaukee, Latroy moved from one home to another, until he emancipated at age 18. When he moved to San Diego to begin a new life, he also became a full-time student at San Diego City College. JIT first...

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Nadine’s Story

Nadine was one of Just In Time’s first College Bound recipients. She was born in Africa, came to America as a baby, and never saw her parents again. She spent all of her adolescent years in foster care. JIT gave Nadine a complete...

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Abdi’s Bridge to Success

It can be extremely difficult for a young man transitioning from foster care to find a meaningful job, especially in this tough economy.  Now, JIT is proud to share the news that one of our extraordinary youth not only landed a job, but...

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