Pathways to Financial Power
Pathways to Financial Power promotes work readiness and strategies that lead to meaningful employment and smart money management for transition age foster youth.
Through a series of workshops and events, participants build the skills and gain the resources needed to succeed professionally and financially. In 2020, we launched NEXTjobs (New, Entrepreneurship, X/Unknown, Trades) as part of our Pathways service. NEXTjobs is designed to provide the training, contacts, role models, financial resources, and ongoing support that will help participants be competitive and successful in the modern job market.
How Does It Work?
Pathways to Financial Power helps transition age foster youth bring their employment options into focus, increase self-sufficiency, and learn the skills needed to become financially secure. Through resume and cover letter building, networking, financial literacy, computer and technology skills, and one-on-one connections with San Diego professionals, youth enhance their personal, professional and financial skills. Participants also have opportunities to increase confidence and self-sufficiency through partnerships within the San Diego community.
Pathways is a rolling cohort service that consists of targeted professional workshops, networking events, and much more. Workshops focus on topics such as effective resumes and cover letters, building an online presence, finding your strengths, interviewing, entrepreneurship, Microsoft Office, and professional dress and behavior.
The service culminates with the annual Pathways to Financial Power conference, where participants launch their professional journeys with expert speakers, a budgeting simulation at Junior Achievement of San Diego, networking opportunities, a “Shark Tank” inspired entrepreneurial competition, a career exploration fair, and more!
Additionally, the NEXTjobs component of our Pathways service expands on basic job training/readiness through strategies that address the changing employment ecosystem.
NEXT stands for:
- New: readiness for first jobs, better jobs
- Entrepreneurship: building capacity for self-employment
- X/Unknown: training for the emerging jobs of the future
- Trades: access to well-paying jobs like electrical, construction, etc.
Through NEXTjobs, JIT is working to encourage a skills-based, growth mindset for youth and employers that will emphasize continuous training at a time when most traditional skills increasingly have an expiration date. We will meet the needs of employers by going beyond college education as a qualifier to expand the pool of eligible applicants to include youth with the technical and “soft” skills needed to do the job required.
To apply for Pathways to Financial Power, you must:
- Be working, in school, or seeking stable employment
- Be concurrently enrolled in Financial Fitness or FinFit 101
Please note that priority will be given to graduates of our Financial Fitness, Career Horizons, or Bridges to Success services.
How Do I Join?
CAREER HORIZONS FOR YOUNG WOMEN
Career Horizons empowers women with a network of female professionals and coaches providing guidance, building self-worth, and encouraging personal, professional, and financial development..
How Does It Work?
Through Career Horizons, female-identifying and non-binary youth between the ages of 18-26 are embedded in a community of female coaches, peers, workshop facilitators, and staff that serve to empower and raise awareness of a rich range of employment options that can create a path to financial security, self-sufficiency, and well-being. For 10 months, Career Horizons participants, in conjunction with this supportive community, work on their personal, professional, and financial development.
Career Horizons provides workshops (Resume Building, Mock Interviews, Mocktail Networking, Healing, Gratitude, and Intuition Day, Mixers, and others), hands-on experiences, mental and emotional wellness support, education, job training, professional attire shopping, connections to an extended community of supporters, and much more to our youth participants in San Diego County.
Each youth receives individualized attention for their personal growth. This allows them to truly take ownership of their life stories and focus on their strengths to maximize their potential.
To join Career Horizons, you must:
- Be a female-identifying or non-binary transition age foster youth between the ages of 18-26
- Be working, going to school, or both (or have a clear action plan to do so after the cohortis completed)
How Do I Join?
BRIDGES TO SUCCESS FOR YOUNG MEN
Bridges to Success (B2S) engages young men in a supportive brotherhood that builds professional and personal skills, elevating them as they transition out of foster care and into independence and adulthood. Through foundational workshops and a network of male leaders and like-minded peers, these young men gain the knowledge, skills, resources, and connections they need to achieve long-term personal and professional sufficiency and success
How Does It Work?
B2S was created in 2011 in collaboration with the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and Philip Rivers’ Rivers of Hope foundation to connect young men who transition out of foster care with male role models to assist with personal and professional development through mentorship.
With help from a dedicated community of volunteer Champions (adult male mentors), B2S helps young men understand and utilize the necessary tools to achieve financial security; establish greater self-awareness, internal resiliency, and empowerment; develop and leverage lasting, supportive relationships; and have the satisfaction of becoming leaders to give back to others. Workshops for this 8-month cohort focus on subjects such as personal branding, networking, and money management.
Through this “band of brothers,” new relationships are formed that allow for trust and respect to build. B2S volunteer Champions guide foster youth in an informal, non-judgmental setting, offering tools and resources while instilling a sense of community, purpose, and self-worth.
To join Bridges to Success, you must:
- Be working, going to school, or both
- Be willing to honor an 8-month commitment for consistent participation