The Junior League of San Diego dedicates its community projects to supporting San Diego County foster youth as they make the critical transition into independent adult life.
Nearly 1,200 JLSD members participate in community service projects, collaborations, education and advocacy efforts throughout San Diego County, contributing more than $1 million in funds and volunteer hours each year to support community needs and provide meaningful volunteer experiences for JLSD members.
JLSD Focus Area: Transition-Age Foster Youth
In San Diego County, approximately 300 youth age out of the foster system each year. This vulnerable population is often destitute with 2-4 years of "aging-out" (50% unemployed, 25% incarcerated, 49% homeless, 3% college graduation rate). These youth, ranging in age from 16-24, have very few resources available to them as they attempt to navigate the challenging transition from the state dependency system to indendent life. In an effort to make a lasting impact, JLSD works to create and implement programming, offer new resources, and collaborate with TAY service providers in order to improve the opportunities available to the local TAY population.