Our two-day collaborative conference focused on addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) population in San Diego. From its inception in 2015, our Solutions Summit conference brings together attendees from over 40 organizations for two days of discussion and active problem-solving surrounding challenges faced by community leaders working with this population.
The outcomes of the Junior League of San Diego’s Solutions Summit are eight roadmaps and a collective way to move forward in key areas affecting the success of TAY. Members of the Junior League of San Diego continue the important work through their committee, the TAY Outcomes Task Force, which focuses solely on advancing these roadmaps, building from the momentum of active problem-solving at the Summits. With the continued participation of Solution Summit attendees, these roadmaps will be further developed, assessed, and implemented in phases over an appropriate timeline.
Solutions Summit Conference Reports
TAY Outcomes Task Force
Members of Junior League of San Diego’s TAY Outcomes Task Force Committee collaborate and communicate with the prior years’ Solutions Summit team to facilitate ongoing discussion, planning, and implementation of the roadmaps developed to address specific challenges facing the TAY population.
Each Task Force consists of Junior League members and community partner representatives. The objective is for the Task Forces to provide ongoing support to past conference attendees and community partners in executing one or more sustainable projects generated at Solutions Summit. The focus for each Task Force is to advance the collaborative roadmap and to carry the momentum of active problem-solving from the two-day summit through the rest of the year.
Current Task Force Projects
- The Mobile Health and Wellness Task Force holds pop-up health events to bring general medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, and wellness services to TAY in areas of the county they need access the most.
- The Homelessness Collaboration Task Force sits on the San Diego County Unaccompanied Minors Task Force to participate in discussions focused on solutions for homeless youth. As a result, we are now bringing together a variety of community partners to see how JLSD can be involved in directly supporting the housing needs of TAY.
- The Standardized Support Services Task Force worked with the College Advisory Council to develop ideas for standardizing the support services TAY receive at all 2 and 4-year colleges in San Diego. The Task Force is currently working to create a roadmap that will direct TAY to the appropriate contacts at each 2 and 4-year college in the county.
- Men’s Mental Health and Resiliency Task Forces
- “What do you know?” Campaign: Using information gathered through surveys and focus groups, this Task Force is creating an effective platform to re-define mental health as wellness. They are creating a PSA with the intent of removing the stigma behind mental health which will be featured at upcoming events to increase awareness, accessibility, and understanding for young men transitioning through foster care.
- Journeyman of San Diego Event: This Task Force is working to inspire men and boys to reach their full potential through healing opportunities and leadership. Building on existing programs such as Just In Time’s “Bridges” and “My Brother’s Keeper,” they are developing programming for a mentoring retreat that will be offered to our male TAY population.
- The Pregnancy Prevention Task Force is assisting community partners in developing sexual health training & education for both TAY and care providers to empower TAY to make informed decisions about their sexual health and educate care providers on how to talk to TAY about their sexual health.
- The Financial Literacy Task Force is assisting community partners with planning Be the Bo$$ Challenge, a program (which includes a standardized curriculum, mentor program, and incentives) that will give youth power and ownership of their own finances, encourage them to stay out of debt/come out of debt, and help them implement practical methods for creating a personal “nest egg.”
- The Work Experience Task Force works with community partners to plan Career Con, an event that will connect foster youth with existing resources via direct exposure to career professionals and interactive workshops within a one-day event.
- The Legal Services Task Force is working to create a pilot program to educate service providers who are supporting youth to ensure that they feel knowledgeable/comfortable accessing resources and seeking legal services – and properly understand the role of an attorney. They are developing seminars for legal services community partners and TAY, developing centralized resources for attorneys/TAY, and developing a list of attorneys/firms willing to provide “consultations” and/or represent TAY pro bono.