Did You Know?

For the past several years, we’ve held our Pathways to Financial Power Conference at Junior Achievement of San Diego County‘s headquarters, right down the street from our offices!

Junior Achievement of San Diego and Just in Time for Foster Youth continue to build a powerful partnership to enhance positive  outcomes in financial education and employment readiness
for those we serve and also create impactful funding opportunities for those who recognize the benefits of non-profit collaboration.

We’re so grateful to be part of such a powerful partnership!




September 23, 2021

Sep. 25: Coach Approach Practice

Sep. 30: Bridges to Success Golf Day

Oct. 2: Career Horizons Graduation

Oct. 14: Coach Approach Training

Oct. 21: New Volunteer Info Session

Oct. 30: Coach Approach Practice

Pathways Power!

Career exploration, professional head shots, networking, a JIT Shark Tank competition. This past Saturday, over 150 members of our community came together for our Pathways to Financial Power Conference, including nearly 40 Just in Time youth ready to put their professional skills to work! Check out some photo highlights from the day below!

2021 JIT Shark Tank Winners

by Rachel Trujillo, JIT Staff

This year’s JIT Shark Tank competition was fierce, with three young entrepreneurs going head-to-head for the grand prize of a $3,000 investment. Our JIT Shark Tank judges — Sylvia Bier, Principal Corporate Counsel at Microsoft; Dr. Jay Lichter, Managing Director at Avalon Ventures and President & CEO of COI Pharmaceuticals; Jerry Morris, Founder & CEO of NextLevel Internet, Inc.; Danitza Villanueva, Co-Publisher of Giving Back Magazine; and Sam Webster, Managing Director at Community First Strategies, LLC — had a tough decision to make, but in the end, Stephen Thomas was our grand prize winner! Stephen’s business idea, Insure+, uses 3D technology to create virtual replicas of properties with an inventory of the belongings inside. These can be used as proof of assets in insurance claims in the case of disasters like fires or floods.

Second place went to Stephany Gomez for her business, SXOBOUTIQUE, an online clothing retailer that embraces the inner and outer beauty of women of all shapes and sizes.

Our third prize was awarded to Margen Dishmon. Her business idea, Rare & Radiant, is a mobile spray tan concept that offers healthy glows infused with skin-healing elements.

At the end of competition, JIT CEO Don Wells was so impressed with the pitches that he doubled the prize money for our second and third place winners, who went home with a $2,000 investment each! We can’t wait to see each of their incredible ideas come to life.

All three of our finalists did a fabulous job! Want to see the pitches but didn’t make it to the Pathways Conference? Check out the video on our YouTube channel!