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Just in Time for Foster Youth Reveals Struggles of Foster Youth Emancipation with Screening of ‘Friday’s Child’

May 24, 2019 | IN THE NEWS

San Diego CA—  What happens when a young person leaves the foster care system without preparation or support? To address this topic, Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT), a nonprofit organization that engages a caring community to help transition age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being, hosted a showing of the film, “Friday’s Child,” at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in partnership with the Ticket to Dream Foundation.

The JIT community gathered for the exclusive showing of “Friday’s Child,” which follows the story of a young man leaving the foster care system at age 18 without any support and the decisions he makes to survive in the world on his own. The film paints a picture of what can happen to transition age foster youth when they don’t have a supportive community, adding to the negative statistics that foster youth too often fall into. Topics focused on in the film include peer pressure, instability, decision-making and survival.

“It is an exceptional movie that illustrates the struggles of leaving foster care and trying to survive,” said Isaac Gunn, who is a current JIT participant and former foster youth. “I’ve been in a lot of the situations in the movie. The reality is stressful. Even a small influence can have a profound impact when you lack a support system, and feeling so isolated and alone can make it so much easier to accept any kind of connection, even negative and toxic ones”…

 

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