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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!

Back on Track

Back on Track

As a young child, Irvin was taken away from his mother. He was eventually placed in a foster home that provided the basic necessities, but he always felt like he was never truly loved or cared for....

More Than Enough

More Than Enough

Growing up as a foster youth, Sebastian never felt he had a place to call home. He often found himself living with other people such as family members, often ones whom he wasn’t close with or he...

Drive On, Thrive On

Drive On, Thrive On

Growing up as one of five kids, Athina remembers a chaotic home. Her father, an abusive alcoholic, wasn’t in the picture. Her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer when Athina was 12. Alone and...

From Unsure to Understood

From Unsure to Understood

Alisha entered the foster care system at seven after enduring years of emotional and physical abuse from her father. Her mother, a drug addict and alcoholic, was never in her life. Over the next 14...

Set Up for Success

Set Up for Success

Torin grew up in a home defined by abuse and drug use until the authorities intervened and he went into foster care at 16. He was adopted by a friend but in the same neighborhood, exposed to the...

Ready to Grow

Ready to Grow

Makayla entered foster care in kindergarten and spent time in multiple foster homes, often separated from her siblings. She was eventually placed in a longer-term home with one of her sisters, but...

A Thousand Percent to Gain

A Thousand Percent to Gain

Growing up in an abusive adoptive home, Jason didn’t think he’d live through the trauma and make it to his late teens, let alone graduate high school or attend college. But he found the strength to...

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