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

foster care.

 

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

Supervisors.

 

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

deductible ($125).

 

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

availability.

 

12) How can I get involved? We’d love for you to get involved! Contact Allison@JITfosteryouth.org