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.

50/50 Matching Funds Challenge

Talk of the Town may be over, but you can still help support Arizona’s homeless youth by participating in our 50/50 Matching Funds Challenge!
Thanks to the generosity of two committed donors, YOU can help us reach our goal of supporting 750 more students. Without the support of the greater community, we simply cannot reach the 5,600 homeless students throughout Pima County. Every dollar you gift to YOTO helps another at-risk teen to stay in school!

Success Stories


After Lisa was abandoned by her mother during her freshman year of high school, she spent the next few years bouncing around – from one relative to another friend every few months. Someone would take Lisa in and offer to help, only to kick her out several weeks later because...


“My parents were both involved in drugs and alcohol. My father would take his anger out on me – hitting me, calling me names, telling me I was worthless. My mother took off with some guy and left me. I was tired, hurting physically and mentally most of the time...


Mark is a dynamic and charismatic young man who attends school on the Tohono O’odham reservation in Sells, Arizona. As a young child, he lived with his mom who moved around a lot and was unable to provide a safe and stable home. Mark eventually moved to Arizona to live...


By age 14, Gabriel has lost both parents to drug overdoses, leaving him and his 10-year-old sister alone. DCS placed both of them in a foster family that was very loving and kind to them. Gabriel and his sister were so afraid that they would be moved to another place...


When Nadia’s parents found out she was pregnant, they kicked her out of the house and cut off all ties. For many months, she lacked stability in her life – moving from one friend’s couch to another – but knew that she needed to find a safe and secure place...


Jessie witnessed her mother viciously attack her sister, nearly killing her.   A friend convinced her to reach out   for help. “Youth On Their Own   literally saved my life,” Jessie said. YOTO staff informed DCS of the ongoing abuse, which prompted an investigation. “The DCS caseworkers didn’t believe me. Because my...