The Junior League of San Diego’s (JLSD) annual Solutions Summit event took place on Thursday, September 12th at the Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay.
Solutions Summit is a collaborative conference that addresses some of the most pressing challenges facing the Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) population in San Diego. From its inception in 2015, our Solutions Summit conference has brought together over 40 local organizations for discussion and active problem-solving.
JLSD’s Solutions Summit helps our community partners determine a collective roadmap to move forward in key areas affecting the success of TAY. With the continued participation of Solution Summit attendees, these community roadmaps will be further developed, assessed, and implemented in phases over an appropriate timeline. Members of the Junior League of San Diego work with each team through our TAY Task Forces Committee, to focus solely on advancing these roadmaps and building from the active problem-solving developed at Solutions Summit.
JLSD has spent several years looking at various challenges that youth face while in care and decided, in collaboration with members of our Steering Committee, to look specifically at the unique obstacles that are present once a youth separates from care. This year attendees selected from three topic areas: Education, Employment/Job Readiness and Adulting 101. Each team was comprised of dedicated professionals and Junior League volunteers.
Some of the community partners represented at our 2019 event were Promises2Kids, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Voices for Children, Casey Family Programs, Walden Family Services, Children’s Advocacy Institute, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Youth Services, and the Center for Community Solutions. Just in Time provided a trauma informed care workshop to start the morning and a youth speaker also offered his unique perspective on the issues facing TAY within our three topic areas. During the final afternoon session each team was given ten minutes to present their “solution” to the entire group, leaving everyone feeling refreshed and inspired to work together to make change for foster youth in our community as our day of creative collaboration came to a close.
JLSD President Emily Lake said “Solutions Summit is the premiere ‘think tank’ for organizations and individuals dedicated to assisting underserved youth, particularly those exiting the foster care system. This year participants came up with highly creative solutions with tons of potential. We are excited to move forward with several of the plans born at the Summit and look forward to the solutions for San Diego’s youth in need that they will generate!”
We look forward to sharing progress updates with you as our resulting Task Forces take up the challenge of putting ideas into action in the months ahead.
The Junior League of San Diego would like to recognize Kind Snacks and Halo Branded Solutions for their generous donations to the event, and our partners Epic Catering and Marina Village Conference Center.