JIT Most Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is the primary purpose of Just in Time? To help foster youth become capable,
confident and connected and to break the cycle of foster care. We fill in the gaps for youth
who don’t have family support; we’ve found that the biggest gap is caring connections and
that’s what we build into every service we offer.
2) What are the JIT services? We often start with meeting an emergency need, such as
rent assistance or a bus pass or setting up a first apartment. As we establish trust and build
friendships, we address other needs such as money management, education support and
college graduation, job skills, networking, meaningful employment, reliable transportation,
health and well being.
3) What is unique about Just in Time? We mobilize the community to give youth what
they need most – an extended family. We also build leadership within our population – half
of our staff are former foster youth and all of our Youth Services coordinators were once in
4) How many youth do you serve? Over 600 youth per year, ages 18-26. In general, the
breakdown is 65% females, 35% males.
5) How many volunteers does JIT have? About 600, including those who volunteer with
groups such as schools, businesses, faith and civic organizations.
6) How does JIT measure impact? The effectiveness of JIT’s services is measured with
quantitative and qualitative data connected to our Self-Sufficiency Scale and evaluated two
ways — one for long term impact (i.e. financial security, etc.) and another for outcomes (i.e.
current status of housing, savings, driver’s license, etc) toward our ultimate goal. That’s
why JIT records, tracks and follows-up on every disbursement of funds, goods and
furnishings provided, number of connections, and other immediate support to make sure it
supports our intended impact — to help a young person who is working or going to school
overcome challenges and continue on their path to self-sufficiency and well-being. The
status of our impact is tracked until the youth ages out of JIT at age 27.
7) How do youth find Just in Time? Youth are referred to JIT by their case managers,
social workers, and court advocates, as well as by their siblings and friends. JIT also reaches
out to youth thru schools and youth organizations such as Voices for Children, San Pasqual
Academy, Cal State San Marcos, etc.
8) What is your Budget? Approximately $2,000,000 and $166,000 In-Kind (non-cash
donations). What percentage (ratio) goes directly toward Youth Services? 75%
9) How is Just in Time funded? Individual donations, foundations, corporations,
civic/faith organizations and our annual Walk the Talk celebration in March. The only
government funding we receive (about 3%) is from the San Diego County Board of
10) Is Just in Time a 501-c- 3 nonprofit organization? Yes, all donations are fully tax-
deductible. When you purchase a sponsorship or event ticket, the dinner portion is NOT tax
11) What do you need? Financial support is always needed and welcome. We also know
that we can’t serve as many youth as we do without a significant amount of volunteer
support. We have a role that works for just about everyone’s schedule, interest and
12) How can I get involved? We’d love for you to get involved! Contact Allison@JITfosteryouth.org