Homeless Tucson teens seeking help at a record-breaking pace
April 23, 2013
A growing number of Tucson-area youths are becoming casualties of economic and family instability.
Referrals to a local nonprofit program for homeless youths are up 60 percent this year. Nearly 1,000 Southern Arizona teens are enrolled in the Tucson-based Youth on Their Own, which group leaders believe is the highest number of young people the 28-year-old organization has ever helped in one school year.
Kristen Bennett, Kathy Kang and other volunteers with Youth On Their Own - or YOTO - subscribe to the philosophy embraced by American educator and civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune: "Invest in the human soul. It might be a diamond in the rough."
"We think the students are diamonds in the rough - they are in a rough patch in their lives, but what you don't see inside is that they are truly very special like diamonds before they are cut. That is why we chose 'Diamonds in the Rough' as the theme for Talk of the Town," Kang said.
YOTO Named Small Nonprofit Organization of the Year
December 3, 2008
Arizona Business Magazine, in partnership with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, presented its inaugural Non-Profit and Corporate Responsibility Awards. The ceremony
was held Dec. 2, at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix and was hosted by NewsChannel 3 Morning News Anchor Olivia Fierro.
Recently, the Youth On Their Own office was notified that teens/youth identifying themselves as
YOTO students were canvasing local neighborhoods, requesting monetary donations door–to-door. If
this should occur, please DO NOT give money or anything else to these people and notify the police
Youth On Their Own students and organization do not solicit “door-to-door” and Youth On Their Own
students do not canvas neighborhoods. Donations made to Youth On Their Own are made directly to
YOTO either by mail, at yoto.org, or at YOTO events.
We thank you for your continued support and urge you to exercise caution when anyone comes to
your door for a donation.