San Diego CA— Over 60 transition age foster youth who have overcome the odds to head for college will have the opportunity to start their journey with help and support from Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) through its College Bound service. College Bound provides young people with everything they need to succeed in all aspects of their college experiences, including school supplies, electronics, household items and a community to provide ongoing support. JIT will host the College Bound kick-off “pep rally” at the San Diego Central Library on Saturday, June 15, 2019 with the College Bound Awards following on Saturday, June 29, 2019.
During this “JIT University” collegiate-themed event, first-time College Bound participants will receive a laptop and printer as well as significant information to navigate their upcoming college experience. Each participant also goes on a shopping spree with the help from a volunteer coach, who will support them through their entire college journey to make sure they have all the essentials they need to help them thrive in school – all the way to attending graduation. Over the two days, College Bound gives transition age foster youth the platform to make new friends, gain confidence to thrive, learn about other JIT services and create a network of support lasting for years to come.
“Before College Bound, I was ready to hide my identity as a foster youth because of all the pain and shame it brought me in the past. Being surrounded by similarly driven foster youth, hearing the inspirational stories of my new peers and meeting caring adults that were invested in my success during College Bound changed that for me,” said Virgo Villajin, College Bound participant and Youth Services Coordinator at Just in Time for Foster Youth. “I found a community that made it a priority to support me and celebrate my success. Taking ownership of my story helped me focus and graduate from SDSU with my B.S. in Biology. Without College Bound, I don’t think I would’ve realized how good it feels to be celebrated”…
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