Pathways to Financial Power Conference

Culminating September 2021

Pathways to Financial Power is a multi-year, individualized, integrated service that helps transition age foster youth move toward financial security by identifying and achieving goals focused on employment and money management.

The service culminates with an annual Pathways to Financial Power conference in September. On this power-packed day, many community leaders, employers, and volunteers come together to empower up to 50 youth to own their economic success through financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The Pathways Conference features: professional speakers; a Junior Achievement Finance Park simulation of real-world budgeting; a JIT Shark Tank competition for our young entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas; a Career Exploration Fair to connect participants with entry-level jobs and internships; and the skills, resources, and connections every young person needs to succeed!

After the conference, each participant is paired with a volunteer coach to help establish an individualized plan with concrete next steps and assist in navigating obstacles they may face in achieving their goals.


The impact of Pathways to Financial Power has been significant. After our 2019 conference:

  • 97% of youth reported they are now part of a supportive community that will help them reach their goals
  • 97% of participants reported they now feel confident they can overcome obstacles as they arise
  • More than 90% of youth reported they now feel confident preparing for a job interview
  • Over 90% of participants reported they feel confident they can make their professional goals a reality
  • Over 77% of youth reported having increased their assets over the past year
  • More than 71% of participants with credit card debt reported they had reduced their debt since their involvement with Pathways


Pathways 2020 Major Sponsors

These generous sponsors support all of JIT’s self-sufficiency services, including Pathways to Financial Power.

Please contact our Development team at development@jitfosteryouth.org if you’d like to become as sponsor for our 2021 Pathways conference!

ePower Sponsors

Alta Company, LLC & The Grant Family

Anonymous at Bessemer National Gift Fund

Charlie Joyce & Otis Eastern Service, LLC

Sue & Jay Lichter

Ron & Sandy Livingston

Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation

Walter & Betty C. Zable Foundation

Platinum Sponsors

Gesner-Johnson Foundation

Gifts of the Magi Fund at Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Walter and Lola Green Donor Advised Fund at Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Louarn & Alan Sorkin

Kathryn Starr

Swette Family

Gold Sponsors

Bank of America

Inez Branca Family Foundation

Citizens Business Bank

Day for Change

Del Mar Highlands Town Center

The Hill Charitable Foundation

Marc Hoffman

The Kroha-Casner Family Foundation Charitable Trust

Lily Lai Foundation


Qualcomm Foundation

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

David and Tina Thomas Family Charitable Fund at the San Diego Foundation

Rhona Thompson

The TJX Companies, Inc.

US Bank

The David and Sharon Wax Family – Mid Term Pool Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation

Vicki & Jeff Winkelman

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Silver Sponsors

CIT Bank

Diane Cox & Don Wells

Ellen Filteau

Hokanson Family Fund

HP,  Inc.


MUFG Union Bank Foundation

Joyce Nelson

Kathy & Dan Roberts

The Lawrence and Robin Rusinko Charitable Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation

RWM Home Loans

Sue & Dave Schmeling

Sempra Energy

State Farm Enterprise Philanthropy

Bob & Ellen Svatos Giving Fund at Catholic Community Foundation

Christopher Weil & Company

Wells Fargo



BD Medical

Leigh & Gordon Boerner

Sue & Daniel Burgess

The Caye Foundation, Inc.

CMR Risk & Insurance Services

Lynn & Will Cooper

Endeavor Bank

Virginia Estes

Alex & Nora Kaiser Charitable Gift Fund

Bill Murphy

Greg Olafson & Clinton Selfridge

Platt Wealth Management

Susan Steele & Michael Conley

RV Thomas Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Melanie Torpey

US Navy

The Zarcades Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation