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Youth Stories

Just in Time has mobilized hundreds of volunteers and peers who now support hundreds of transition age foster youth in San Diego as an extended family, creating a sense of belonging and commitment. Our community-based model empowers grassroots efforts allowing youth to be positively impacted almost immediately. Here are just a few stories!

Licensed to Thrive

Licensed to Thrive

Marquita’s entire life changed in third grade when she was taken away during school and placed into the foster care system. In her 11 years in care, she was initially separated from her sister,...

Conquering College and the Future

Conquering College and the Future

As a child, Samantha spent nine years in the foster care system before the court appointed her grandmother as the legal guardian of her and her four siblings. Growing up, she witnessed high crime in...

Securing the Support to Rise Up

Securing the Support to Rise Up

Jasmine’s experience in the foster care system began around age 8. Her parents often found themselves in trouble with the law, which led to her mother being incarcerated, her father disappearing...

Feeling Right at Home

Feeling Right at Home

Isacc spent ages 7-13 in the foster care system after being taken away from his alcoholic mother, jumping between multiple foster homes, group homes and schools with little support before being...

Down Payment on a Good Life

Down Payment on a Good Life

When their single father passed away from cancer, Amanda and her four younger siblings entered foster care. At just 16 years old, she was placed in an unhealthy foster home filled with drugs and...

From Unsupported to Unstoppable

From Unsupported to Unstoppable

After living in an abusive home situation, Isaac was taken away by Child Protective Services at age 12 and placed into foster care. During a time that’s so critical for adult support and guidance,...

Setting the Stage for Success

Setting the Stage for Success

Fabian’s childhood was defined by chaos and an absence of male role models. His mother made poor decisions, his father was absent, and the abuse he and his sister endured from their stepfather was...