Just in Time’s impact comes from a Theory of Change based on more than a decade of hands-on experience and our research-based approach to developing services that “move the needle” for the youth we serve.
One major driver of durable impact is helping young people define and become invested in their own self-sufficiency and path to success by attaining the education needed to support their aspirations.
Historically, while 70% of former foster youth aspire to go to college, only 10% attend college, and only 1-3% actually graduate.
The impact of College Bound on this statistics has significantly increased over the past ten years as JIT has continued to refine the program. In fact, JIT College Bound 2015 class had the most youth participants in its 13-year history.
Below is a chronological breakdown of participant success rates and outcomes in three groups that reflect the key phases of the program’s evolution:
2006-2008, 54 total participants:
Represents the earliest stages of College Bound when the numbers were smaller and the emphasis was on education resources for students entering College, with less capacity to drive graduation rates. There are currently 24 College graduates in this cohort, with 8 going on to graduate school.
2009-2011, 154 total participants:
These were transition years of greater outreach and the beginning of an increased focus on graduation rates and lasting connections. There are 62 graduates in this cohort, with another 41 still enrolled.
2012-2015, 230 total participants:
Represents the latest College Bound cohorts that have the full benefit of a relationship driven model of support with outcomes based on enrollment rather than graduation rates for students who haven’t had the time to reach that level. There are already 22 graduates in this cohort.
Collectively, this means College Bound has served 438 transitioning youth, with 70% either graduated or still enrolled in school. That now includes 108 college graduates, up from 65 a year ago.
In fact, College Bound has been so successful that JIT launched our Master Your Dreams initiative in 2014 that supplies financial assistance to those who are going on the graduate school.
The impact of College Bound is clear, measurable and extraordinary.