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Now There’s an app for that

As the JIT community expands, we are excited to announce an innovate way for youth to engage with coaches, volunteers, and each other through our first-ever app. Welcome to The JIT Network!

Jit Network App

The JIT Network is a unique platform dedicated to supporting youth who have aged out of foster care – providing easier access to critical resources and introducing them to supportive relationships to empower them on their journey to self-sufficiency. It’s also designed to engage anyone passionate about supporting former foster youth such as volunteers, community partners and investors. Through the app, users can share personal stories and photos to connect with and inspire each other; stay informed about community events and workshops; engage with JIT Staff about services and resources; and connect with hundreds of volunteer coaches with experience in finance, higher education, professional development and more.

Since the app launched in May, The JIT Network has grown to more than 200 members. Members like JIT participant Jeff Chapman, who says the app will help him stay connected even from afar. 

Unlike other social media platforms that treat followers as consumers to be used for profit, The JIT Network is customized to engage members as equal partners in the JIT community. It is a place for meaningful and constructive conversation around issues related to the foster care system and those transitioning out of it; grassroots organizing to disrupt and influence outmoded practices within the child welfare system, and a forum to connect youth to resources and help them expand critical networks of support.

“[I will be] able to communicate with participants and coaches that I may not see often, or at all, since we don’t attend the same cohorts, events, etc. I love this idea.”  

Jeff Chapman

Volunteer Coach

The JIT Network also provides dedicated space through focused “communities” designed to engage volunteers, and alumni as well as service specific resources for participants actively engaged in JIT cohorts.

In the months and years to come, JIT is working to grow The JIT Network into a national community for former foster youth and their allies.

You can join The JIT Network by searching “The JIT Network” in your smartphone app store and downloading the app.

Download the app and get closer to the JIT community today:

Need help? Here are step-by-step instructions to join the JIT Network:

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“My College Bound experience was more than I could’ve asked for! I’, so grateful to have met my coaches and to feel believed in! I’m READY TO OVERCOME any obstacle to get my degree”
Azucena Wells, right, pictured with her College Bound coach Suzy Freund, left.

“College Bound was a wonderful experience! Connecting with new people, with the gorgeous waves in the back of our speakers, was an event I’ll never forget! The experience to have the celebration of being a Master Your Dream recipient started to make my grad school experience more real for me. I realize now that I am going into the next step in my life, I am having the support I need and want. Even when I have trouble asking for help, even with small things, people are watching out for me and ready to help whenever they can.”

This was one of many messages shared by College Bound participants on the JIT Network in the afterglow of College Bound’s second day. New students, new college graduates, volunteer coaches and JT alumni gathered on a bright Saturday morning for inspiration and celebration of our community of possibilities and promises fulfilled.

Students starting their post-secondary journey could envision their future success in the powerful presence of 2007 JIT College Bound participants who attended as living proof of promises and possibilities since turned into academic degrees and careers aligned with purpose.

If you weren’t there, you can still get a feel for the day by joining the JIT Network and connecting to all the life changing choices made possible by a real, reliable and responsive community of support. I’ll be looking for you.

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