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Checking in with Pueblo High’s incredible YOTO school liaison, Andrea Vazquez Mata

With over 2,000 students at over 100 schools (and only 28 staff members), YOTO’s work would not be possible without the dedication, commitment, and kindness of all our YOTO school liaisons! These amazing individuals are at the heart of YOTO’s program, identifying and advocating on behalf of YOTO youth, distributing stipend checks and basic needs [...]

2020-06-11T13:26:54-07:00June 11th, 2020|

YOTO’s Commitment to Our Community

The YOTO family stands in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism, white supremacy, and the horrible injustices we’ve witnessed in recent weeks, and for far too long. We grieve for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black lives taken without justice for them and their families. We acknowledge that [...]

2020-06-05T09:58:22-07:00June 4th, 2020|

Three YOTO Family members share their experiences working in the food service industry in the time of COVID-19

Gary Hickey is the chef-partner at Charro Steak, Charro del Rey, and Charrovida. He is a former YOTO alumnus, graduating in the early 1990s.   The food service industry has faced significant challenges since the COVID-19 outbreak. Restaurants have had to adapt to changing local and state public health policies in order to [...]

2020-06-04T15:10:17-07:00June 1st, 2020|

The YOTO Family Shines During These Difficult Times

With schools closed and most businesses either reducing their hours or ceasing operations altogether, it’s safe to say that our entire community is feeling the effects of COVID-19. Our YOTO students are no exception. In addition to the challenges they are facing with school closures, YOTO kids are finding themselves out of work and in [...]

2020-04-13T14:46:45-07:00April 13th, 2020|

Help Us Meet the Match

At every YOTO luncheon, we appeal to our YOTO Family to help us ease some of the burdens our youth face. We issue a special challenge to everyone in the audience – make a gift to YOTO before Friday, March 13 and steadfast YOTO supporters Buzz Petersen and Robbie Willingham will match it dollar-for-dollar up [...]

2020-03-11T16:54:46-07:00March 11th, 2020|

Volunteers, Students and Board Members share “Why I’m a Member of the YOTO Family”

The ever-expanding YOTO Family is made up of students, staff, volunteers, school liaisons, donors, members of the local media and business communities, and more! Every single person who has supported YOTO has done their part to make it possible for youth experiencing homelessness to graduate high school and pursue their dreams! YOTO volunteer and retired [...]

2020-03-11T16:52:50-07:00March 11th, 2020|

YOTO’s Volunteer Group of the Year Award

Volunteer groups also play an integral part in YOTO’s operations. Typically, these are members of a school, club, religious organization, or company who would like to give a few hours of their time to help YOTO youth. These groups assemble packages, write inspirational notes to students, hold food or school supply drives, and more! This [...]

2020-03-11T16:48:23-07:00March 11th, 2020|
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