Organization to celebrate transition-age foster youth from San Diego County who will be attending college in the fall
San Diego CA— Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT), an organization dedicated to providing transition-age foster youth with the resources and relationships needed to succeed, will be holding its annual College Bound event on Saturday, June 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., outside JIT’s main office (4560 Alvarado Canyon Rd., San Diego, CA 92120). This year, participants are invited to this socially distanced, outdoor event in two waves, to ensure the safest experience possible.
During College Bound, the JIT community comes together to celebrate current and former foster youth who are going to college and gives them the support to compete and graduate. College Bound offers the tools, resources, and connections youth need to thrive in college, plus new College Bound youth receive a laptop, printer, ink, school and dorm supplies. Each participant will also be paired with a College Bound Coach to encourage them along their college journeys, all the way to being there at graduation.
On June 12, participants can expect a resource fair, spoken word performance from a past College Bound participant, Q&A with recent college students and graduates, and more. Following the event, College Bound workshops will also be offered, exploring topics such as setting boundaries and balancing priorities, self-care, and drug and alcohol awareness. Then, on June 26, the community is invited to a College Bound Virtual Celebration to be held via Facebook Live. The virtual event will honor youth starting their college journeys, highlight recent college graduates, recognize JIT participants who are working toward post-graduate degrees through JIT’s Master Your Dream, and more.
“College Bound is one of Just in Time’s first services and has had extraordinary and measurable impact on the lives of the students who found the supportive community they needed to pursue academic success,” says Don Wells, JIT Chief Empowerment Officer. “While it’s great to help youth get into college, our goal has always been to provide the ongoing foundation of both resources and reliable relationships necessary to get to graduation and beyond.”
Nationally, 60% of all youth enroll in college, and of those, 57% graduate. For youth who have been in foster care, only 10% enroll in college, and of those, only 3% to 6% graduate. JIT is challenging those statistics through College Bound. Since its inception in 2006, the College Bound model for success has continued to have an extraordinary impact on enrollment and graduation outcomes for transition-age youth. In fact, 77% of College Bound participants to date are still enrolled, have graduated, or are attending graduate school.
To learn more about College Bound and explore opportunities to invest, please visit https://jitfosteryouth.org/collegebound/.