The Problem

Youth homelessness is our community’s most entrenched social issue, hidden under borrowed roofs and behind tired eyes. Every year, more than 62,000 children throughout Arizona find themselves displaced and unaccompanied through no fault of their own, ranking our state as the fifth worst state nationwide for child homelessness. Even more disheartening, homeless youth are four times more likely to drop out of school and twice as likely to become unemployable adults trapped in poverty. Without the safety and stability of a home, these vulnerable kids fall through the cracks and cannot receive the services they need in order to survive.

Our Solution

Youth On Their Own – a 501(c)(3) dropout prevention agency – strives to eliminate these barriers to education and empower Arizona’s homeless youth to stay in school. For over 30 years, we have supported the high school graduation of this unique demographic by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, and one-on-one guidance. With the help of our supporters nationwide, we have empowered over 16,000 homeless youth to remain in school and pursue opportunities for self-sufficiency.

How You Can Help

Support Our Home Store

Youth On Their Own’s Resale Home Store is a boutique specializing in the sale of new and gently loved home goods items, with proceeds benefiting Youth On Their Own.

The store is also home to YOTO’s student internship program, which provides YOTO juniors and seniors with relevant job experience and the soft skills they need to gain and hold meaningful employment after graduation. 100% of your purchase will help kids caught in poverty, abuse, and abandonment to stay in school and ultimately graduate.

Give $100, Get $100 Back

If you haven’t yet made a 2016 tax credit gift, there’s still time! The deadline has been extended to April 15, 2017 for your 2016 taxes. You can still earn a dollar-for-dollar credit – up to $400 for individuals, or up to $800 for married couples or those filing jointly—on your Arizona state taxes.

Success Stories

Jason

Jason
Jason grew up loving both of his parents, but he knew they were not good role models. His abusive father was in and out of prison, and his mother – addicted to heroin – struggled with keeping her children off of the streets. To make ends meet, she’d often trick...

Carly

Carly
Carly’s father was incarcerated and her mother was never part of her life, so she lived with her grandparents since she was an infant. Her grandfather struggled with alcoholism for many years, but eventually his addiction spiraled out of control. On repeated occasions, he tried to have sex with her....

Wade

Wade
Wade was born to a teenage mother who, unable to support her child, gave up custody to his grandmother. He was raised by his grandma for over a decade… until one day, her boyfriend started getting abusive. An irresponsible addict, this man often forced Wade to stay home from school...

Lula

Lula
Although she’s only 18 years old, Lula’s short life has been a roller coaster. When she was 16, her mother packed her things and left Arizona… leaving her daughter alone in their family home. Lula was distraught, even attempting suicide before she was finally placed in a group home by...

Jenna

Jenna
Jenna grew up in a household where it seemed like the only priority was getting high. Her parents were avid drug users, often neglecting their children and leaving them on their own for long periods of time. Eventually, Jenna and her sisters were removed from the home by DCS and...

Teri

Teri
Teri’s parents weren’t interested in having a loving relationship with their only daughter. Instead, they chose to verbally and emotionally abuse her for years. According to Teri, “My parents have always been disrespectful and rude to me, even when I tried my best. They like to call me names –...