Just in Time’s objective is to build a long “bridge” for youth as they leave the system with no stable adult relationships and no trusted community after 18. As they transition from care, our Theory of Change suggests they will become self-sufficient with a sense of well-being and life satisfaction for the long-term, breaking the cycle of foster care. We help them become Confident, Capable and Connected, with the combination of critical resources and essential relationships that every young person needs.

Lasting Impact Fulfillment Tracking (LIFT)

After a decade of building and tracking results, we have evidence that young people are highly likely to achieve their dreams and break the cycle of foster care with the targeted critical resources and essential reliable relationships necessary for any young person to thrive.

Key Drivers of Lasting Change

Our successful participants have identified four transformative “drivers” they believe are essential to achieving durable change:


Gaining knowledge and experiences that lead to a more expanded and expressive view of life

Owning their own stories and converting a painful past into empathy, proactivity and confidence

Learning self-awareness, their value, and understanding their place in the world

Gaining authentic, supportive relationships to help set healthy personal and professional boundaries

LIFT Analysis

6 Key Findings on the progress of JIT Alumni in the following areas

Breaking the Cycle


of JIT Alumni responded that they were Breaking the Cycle

Alumni’s levels of Satisfaction with Personal Power, Relationships and Health are higher when they’ve broken the cycle of foster care, lower when they have not.
This finding underscores the importance of relationships as a sustaining factor for lasting well-being.

Successful Life Components Progress


of Alumni indicated Life-Changing, Major, or Moderate Impact across the 8 Life Success Components that include Education, Employment, Housing, Finances, Transportation and the Well-Being categories of Relationships, Personal Power and Health.

Satisfaction Life Components Progress

LIFT explored satisfaction levels for all 8 Successful Life Components.

More than half of Alumni are Extremely or Very Satisfied with:

73% Transportation

61% Relationships

52% Housing

50% Personal Power

Less than half are Extremely or Very Satisfied with*:

42% Employment

38% Health

35% Education

18% Finances

* Respondent comments indicate that some lower levels of Satisfaction may be driven by higher expectations, wanting to be financially set to buy a home, for example.

Growth in Well-being

Each JIT service promotes personal growth in ways that enhance Well-Being;  we measure impact by tracking changes in these areas. 

86% are satisfied today with the Well-Being areas of their lives

90% are extremely, very, or somewhat satisfied with their level of Personal Power

90% are extremely, very, or somewhat satisfied with the Relationships in their lives

79% are extremely, very, or somewhat satisfied with their Health

Positive Impact

JIT Alumni experienced a Positive impact from JIT

91% of those who said JIT had a positive impact experienced Life-changing, Major, or Moderate Impact across the 8 Successful Life Components.

JIT had the most impact in the areas of Housing, Education, and overcoming Financial Obstacles.


Snapshots of JIT Alumni’s current status on 5 Successful Life Components – Education, Employment, Housing, Finances, Transportation – allowed us to compare and contrast these external objective measures with statistics reflecting the same measures for other youth impacted by foster care as well as the general young adult population.

One in four Alumni have completed a 4-year undergraduate college.

34% have completed a 2-year community college or certification/ trade school/apprenticeship. One in ten Alumni have completed graduate school or law school.

11% have completed graduate or law school 26% have completed.

51% About half of JIT Alumni are currently pursuing a higher level of education or training.

Overall 81% of JIT Alumni are currently employed. 65% have a full-time position, and half of these Alumni have a job that is aligned with their career goals.

Overall 82% have stable housing (6 months or more). 12% own an apartment or house. 71% are short- or long-term renters. Only 8% are homeless or couch surfing.

Overall 76% of Alumni can support themselves (fully or most of the time)

Overall 70% of Alumni save money for emergencies (a safety net)

Overall 35% of Alumni have $2,000 or more in total savings

75% own, finance, or lease a vehicle

What does lasting impact look like?

Esperanza (Age 23)

Just in Time: 4 years
Emergency Basic Needs
My First Home
College Bound
Changing Lanes
Career Horizons/Young Women
Pathways to Financial Power


Graduate: San Diego State, 2019
Employed: Behavioral Technician

$6,700 financial distributions
$3,500 staff support & services

JUAN (Age 28)

Just in Time: 5 years
Emergency Basic Needs
My First Home
Financial Fitness
College Bound
Bridges 2 Success/Young Men


Graduated: San Diego State, 2017
Employed: Corporate Account Exec

$11,872 financial distributions
$5,500 staff support & services

AmaNda (Age 26)

Just in Time: 4 years
Emergency Basic Needs
My First Home
Career Horizons/Young Women
College Bound
Financial Fitness
Pathways to Financial Power


Graduate: Southwestern College
Employed: Nurses Aide

$10,500 financial distributions
$3,500 staff support & services

Rather than continuing to outsource the welfare of children to failing systems, JIT audaciously insists that the remedy we choose must be based in the reliable communities we create for their lasting well-being.

Become a part of the JIT community today by becoming a volunteer or investor and help us change the world… one youth at a time!


Just in Time demonstrates Return on Investment in two ways: through Quantitative Measures of Outcomes (Q1 – how many & how much) and Qualitative Measures of Impact (Q2 – how deep and how lasting)

JIT’s Services continued to be impacted by COVID-19 throughout FY21. With limits on in-person workshops and reduced capacity for gathering
at our offices, our year-to-year numbers were significantly impacted in some areas.

Services to Youth FY2021

TOTAL/UNDUPLICATED* (*Unduplicated = individual youth)

Individual Participants



*Despite an increase in youth served, the absence of traditional workshops and gatherings due to COVID restrictions led to a decrease in financial or service distributions to participants


228: Rise to Resilience/Healthy Practices
187: Community Engagement
175: College Bound/Learning to Succeed
153: Emergency Basic Needs
127: Pathways to Financial Power/NEXTjobs
120: Financial Fitness
96: My First Home
80: Changing Lanes
76: Alumni Assistance
70: Career Horizons/Bridges to Success
38: Training/Development/Coach Approach


**Financial and/or services and non-distribution connections



6 per Youth