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.

Support Our Back To School Challenge

We know that going back to school every fall can be a difficult time for homeless youth. How can we expect them to succeed in school when they don’t have a safe place to sleep, food to eat, or the supplies necessary to complete their homework? Your gift to YOTO’s Back to School Challenge will have a positive impact on the lives of these vulnerable, abandoned youth who are struggling to stay in school.

Success Stories

Chloe

Chloe
“Growing up, it felt normal to be alone. I learned to live with a distant mother and a hard-working father… but I spent most of my time by myself. In elementary school, being the first student to arrive and the last one to leave never phased me: I knew it...

Jose

Jose
“My parents, siblings and I used to visit family in Mexico all the time… but during one of those visits, my father lost his visa. My mother panicked when she had to travel back to us without my father. She had to decide what to do: either stay in Tucson...

Jewel

Jewel
“When I was preparing for my seventeenth birthday, neither of my parents had had a job in over 7 years… so we were extremely poor. My mother stopped taking us to the doctor, buying us clothes and toiletries, caring about our education, and our home. We had not had any...

Jazmin

Jazmin
“When I was born, my mother and father were still just babies themselves… trying to create a puzzle with pieces that didn’t belong. Instead of splitting up, they fought, drank, and did drugs. The partying was never-ending, and even though having my little brother in my life made me happier,...

Jailene

Jailene
“As a child, I was in and out of different homes because of how irresponsible my parents were. It was ridiculous how many times I had to move schools and how socially unstable I was. I felt lonely and as if I was a bother in life. My brothers and...

Evangelina

Evangelina
“The Theory of Chaos proposes that a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can cause a tornado in Texas. Is it not ironic that chaos, something hectic and unplanned, would not happen at all if it was not articulated and timed perfectly? I see this theory as an important analogy for my...