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Pathways to Financial Power

Pathways to Financial Power provides more than 40 youth with a combination of financial and professional resources to build their network and be able to responsibly manage their finances.


Youth who have experienced foster care often reach the age of 18 without the knowledge and resources non-foster youth possess. Among these are self confidence, financial literacy, supportive relationships and employment skills.

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.

Outcomes & Impact

After engaging in Pathways to Financial Power participants will have:

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Powerful Resume

The ability to build a targeted resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.


The ability to complete successful job interviews confidently.


The ability to develop and leverage supportive relationships.

Financial Literacy

The ability to maintain a budget and use their knowledge of financial literacy.

Financial Security

The ability to achieve financial success using a variety of tools and resources.


The ability to define themselves, their power and their futures.


Professional Series

  • How to Maximize Your Job Hunt – Professional development session for youth to work on resumes, cover letters, receive interview and salary negotiation tips and learn how to strategically look for a job online.
  • Build Your Presence Online – an interactive workshop that discusses the importance of having a LinkedIn and a visual portfolio or website. Youth learn the how to create a portfolio or design a website so they can be prepared for the future of technology.
  • Mocktail Networking – an interactive mocktail mixer where youth can learn and practice networking with the JIT community and San Diego professionals.

Entrepreneural Series

  • Brainstorm Your Idea – Empowers youth to gain confidence and think about possible entrepreneurial ideas and how they may begin planning for them.
  • Build Your Business Plan – Youth learn how to take entrepreneurial ideas to the next step! They learn key definitions in a typical business plan and gain clarity on their ideas.
  • Pitch Perfection – Whether it’s an elevator pitch or a business pitch, youth learn how to powerfully share their ideas or information.

Microsoft Series

  • PowerPoint – a workshop that begins with PowerPoint basics and evolves into an intermediate level where youth can learn more advanced tricks and how to create a clear and consistent presentation.
  • Outlook & Word – a workshop explaining the basics of Outlook and Word so youth can learn how to send calendar invites, adjust formulas in Word, manage their calendar and inbox, and more.
  • Excel – a workshop that starts with Excel basics and allows youth to practice creating spreadsheets and simple formulas.

Mentor a Youth

You will guide a youth as he or she learns how to manage finances, build a personal and professional brand, and develop strong job-seeking skills.

Support Pathways

Your investment will help us provide a truly meaningful experience for the 40+ youth participating in this year’s Pathways workshops and conference.

Entering the business world as a Business major created a lot of fear and uncertainty. By attending the Pathways conference I was able to gain more confidence and be prepared and clear up some of my fears upon entering the career world.


This was such a powerful conference for me and I’m grateful for what the JIT team has done.


Pathways has connected me to many resources and I have recently been hired at the YMCA because of the connection I made at the Pathways conference. Since joining JIT my life has changed dynamically!


Our 2019 Pathways to Financial Power Major Investors

Power Sponsor $50,000+

Kimberly & Jim Caccavo

Gold Sponsors $10,000+

Alliance Healthcare Foundation

Bank of America

Anonymous Bessemer National Gift Fund

The Hill Charitable Foundation

Marc Hoffman

Inez Branca Family Foundation

Charlie Joyce

The Kroha Casner Family Foundation

Qualcomm Foundation

Louarn & Alan Sorkin

Kathryn Starr

The Tuffli Family Foundation

US Bank

Vicki & Jeff Winkelman

Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation


Presenting Sponsors $30,000+

Del Mar Highlands Town Center

Suzanne & Jay Lichter

Silver Sponsors $5,000+

Batta Fulkerson Law Group

Day for Change

Kathryn Gambill


Mutual of Omaha Bank

Robin & Larry Rusinko


Snodgrass Charitable Fund

Subaru of America Foundation

Sunstone Hotel Investors

The Zarcades Family Fund

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Investors $1,000+

Bank of America Foundation


Dell Corporation

Steven Dillaway

Sharon Goldman & Ellen Ichinaga

April & Ben Lundeen

Jain Malkin & Gary Watson

Byron Mignanelli

Katie Milette

MUFG Union Bank Foundation

Beth O’Mea

The Yang Family Charitable Fund

Joellyn & Ron Zollman

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