Life Changing Choices

A Just in Time Book

By Lived Experience Experts

Why We Wrote This Book 

Life Changing Choices:

The 7 Essential Choices at the Heart of Transformational Change for Foster Youth and Your Community was written to begin a conversation about a bold new idea with the potential to break the cycle of foster care in America. Life Changing Choices challenges the prevailing mindset of the existing child welfare/foster care system that broken children come from broken homes and need to be “fixed”. The alternative vision put forth in this book is based on demonstrated and measurable impact over 20 years in the Just in Time for Foster Youth Community. The foundation of the proposed shift is based on seven essential Choices that lead to Empowerment, Connection and Community and that are essential to transformative and durable change  

Voices of Experience 

Co-authored by lived experience experts in foster care, readers are given the opportunity to learn from the firsthand accounts of youth raised in The System – a system predicated on disruption and displacement. 


More than a “How To” guide, Life Changing Choices: The 7 Essential Choices at the Heart of Transformational Change for Foster Youth and Your Community is a “Why Do” challenge to the traditional approach to child welfare, one that offers a new way of thinking about the critical decisions that must be made to reverse the alarming outcomes of homelessness, hopelessness, and generational cycles of dependence that persist in our cities. 

 

Together, we can make Life Changing Choices to build the brighter future that all children deserve.   

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About the Authors

For 20 years, Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) has created a reliable, responsive, and real community for young people as they transition from the foster care system into adulthood. Most of JIT’s staff have lived experience in foster care, and hundreds of our volunteers help connect over 2,000 youth to the critical resources and lasting relationships needed to become Confident, Capable and Connected. 

JIT aims to break the cycle of foster care by helping transition age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being.

LASTING IMPACT

NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOK

100K COMMUNITY

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STAFF

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ANNUAL REPORT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

INVESTORS & SPONSORS

COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS

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FINANCIALS

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FAQS

LASTING IMPACT

NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOK

100K COMMUNITY

Reshae and Brittany at JIT Thanksgiving Dinner 2022

STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

INVESTORS & SPONSORS

COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS

Reshae and Brittany at JIT Thanksgiving Dinner 2022

FINANCIALS

Reshae and Brittany at JIT Thanksgiving Dinner 2022

ANNUAL REPORT

Reshae and Brittany at JIT Thanksgiving Dinner 2022

FAQS

LASTING IMPACT

NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOK

100K COMMUNITY

Reshae and Brittany at JIT Thanksgiving Dinner 2022

STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

INVESTORS & SPONSORS

COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS

Reshae and Brittany at JIT Thanksgiving Dinner 2022

FINANCIALS

Reshae and Brittany at JIT Thanksgiving Dinner 2022

ANNUAL REPORT

Reshae and Brittany at JIT Thanksgiving Dinner 2022

FAQS

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EMERGENCY NEEDS & STABLE HOUSING
RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION
ESSENTIAL EDUCATION
MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT
FINANCIAL LITERACY
HEALTHY PRACTICES & WELLBEING

Welcome to JIT!

We're excited to meet you! More than half our staff are former foster youth, many of us have participated in JIT’s services. We understand first-hand the challenges that each of us face on our path to self-sufficiency. And we are proof that having essential resources and consistent relationships with caring adults can have a lasting positive impact. Reliable, Responsive Real– JIT peers, coaches and staff share a common commitment to empowering you. Welcome to YOUR new community.

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Co-authored by Just in Time staff with lived experience, this book is sparking the nationwide conversation around a new, youth-led mental model for young people leaving foster care.

 

 

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