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.

Go To School Gift Card Challenge

How can we expect homeless youth to succeed in school when they don’t have supportive parents, a safe environment, or the supplies necessary to complete their homework? For the over 5,600 homeless students throughout Pima County, this is their reality… but, with the help of supporters like you, these teens can stay in school, graduate, and ultimately change their destiny!

Success Stories

Jules

Jules
For most of her life, Jules has known nothing but instability: when she was just 1 year old, her father was arrested for drug trafficking and sent to prison. For many years, her mother struggled with the weight of being a single parent until one day, she decided she couldn’t...

Shelby

Shelby
“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

Mark
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...

Audrey

Audrey
Audrey was raised by a single mother whose boyfriends were always entering and leaving the household. By the time Audrey turned 17, she had had enough: she was the victim of constant verbal and emotional abuse and had been kicked out of the house numerous times, causing a lot of...

Amber

Amber
Amber lived happily with her mother and siblings in another state when tragedy struck:  while she was at school, her mother suffered a heart attack and suddenly passed away. Amber was placed in the custody of her biological father who lived in Arizona and who she did not know very...

Jake

Jake
Jake grew up in Tucson with his mom and brother, with both boys being subjected to repeated verbal and emotional abuse. After several domestic violence reports were filed, the boys were removed by CPS and have spent close to 10 years in group homes, away from family members. Jake has...