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“Thanksgiving in a Box”

For most of us, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the great things we are fortunate to have. We think about are family and friends. We think about our children and our brothers and sisters. Unfortunately for many YOTO students, Thanksgiving is just another day. They don’t get the chance to be [...]

2017-12-13T07:51:19+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

The Women of Quail Creek Spice Things Up!

If you’ve ever come to YOTO for a visit you’ve probably had a chance to see the mini-mall where our students can shop for food for free. We recently hosted some members from The Women of Quail Creek, a service group from Green Valley who were interested in getting a behind the scenes look [...]

2017-12-13T07:51:07+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

Second Chances

Not enough can be said about the pivotal role persistence plays in helping YOTO’s students. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes YOTO is unable to accept students into its program if they do not meet certain criteria. One of the many jobs that our program coordinators are tasked with is reviewing student appeals for those wishing [...]

2017-12-13T07:50:45+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

YOTO Receives Copper Cactus Award

After applying for several years, Youth On Their Own was chosen out of sixteen applicants to be this year’s recipient of the Tucson Electric Power Charitable Non-Profit Business Copper Cactus Award for medium-sized charities. YOTO was recognized by the selection committee for outstanding performance in helping Southern Arizona’s homeless youth remain in school and [...]

2017-09-30T20:19:15+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|

Staff Spotlight: Diego Coronado (Program Coordinator)

This week, we’ll be sharing with you another one of YOTO’s newest staff members: Diego! Diego is one of four Program Coordinators who work one-on-one with the students enrolled in Youth On Their Own. Learn a little more about Diego and how his background in Public Health has expanded our program services for students. [...]

2017-09-30T20:21:43+00:00 September 11th, 2017|

Staff Spotlight: Monika Cabrera (Program Coordinator)

This week, we’ll be sharing with you one of YOTO’s newest staff members: Monika Cabrera! Monika is one of four Program Coordinators who work one-on-one with the students enrolled in Youth On Their Own. Learn a little more about Monika and how she came to become one of YOTO’s most passionate team members! “I [...]

2017-09-30T20:23:00+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

Alumni Update – Jesus Valenzuela (Class of 2016)

This is chapter 2 of Jesus Valenzuela’s story, centered on his experiences during the second semester of his Freshmen year at the University of Arizona. Jesus is 19 years old, and is a graduate of Desert View High School in Tucson, where he was born and raised. Jesus is passionate about music, basketball, and [...]

2017-09-30T20:24:25+00:00 August 19th, 2017|


“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 and find a job, [...]

2017-08-17T01:58:04+00:00 August 16th, 2017|


“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 running water, gas, air [...]

2017-08-17T01:57:56+00:00 August 15th, 2017|
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