When YOTO began in 1986, it was a tiny grassroots organization staffed entirely by volunteers. With the support of our YOTO Family, we've grown to serve thousands of youth experiencing homelessness every year. We've become so big, in fact, we're bursting at the seams! But that's about to change... YOTO has found and purchased its [...]
Both of these outstanding leaders will serve for a minimum of three years to provide governance, financial oversight, and strategic vision for YOTO. Please help us welcome the newest members of YOTO’s governing body: Eric Dupree is a YOTO graduate from [...]
Double Your Impact: This Giving Tuesday, TEP Will Match Your Gift to Provide Security to Homeless Youth
Giving Tuesday, celebrated annually on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day of giving and unity. On this most generous day of the year, we’re matching up to $20,000 in donations to Youth On Their Own, a dropout prevention program committed to supporting the academic success of homeless youth. Giving now means your [...]
YOTO’s student portal receives a huge boost thanks to a generous grant from the Abbett Family Foundation!
Last fall, thanks to the support of donors Jan and Jim Springer, YOTO launched the Youth On Their Own (YOTO) Student Portal! The timing of the portal launch came exactly when YOTO needed it most - during the COVID-19 pandemic when our students were attending school remotely. The portal significantly improved the way YOTO’s Program [...]
Sky Ranch Foundation supports 27 youth experiencing homelessness with $12,500 grant to Youth On Their Own!
This summer, Sky Ranch Foundation, a charitable organization that strives to give underserved youth a second chance, joined the YOTO Family with a generous $12,500 grant supporting local youth experiencing homelessness! This grant has already provided much-needed support to 27 students enrolled in YOTO’s program, including a monthly academic stipend and COVID-19 supplement, bill assistance, [...]
YOTO student Grace shares her experience as a new parent working toward her high school graduation: “I have never felt more confident in my future than I do right now!”
It takes enormous resolve for a young person experiencing homelessness to successfully pursue their education. Becoming a parent - during a pandemic - obviously adds another dimension of difficulty to an already precarious situation! Yet, this was the very situation faced by the 94 pregnant and parenting youth in the YOTO program last year. The [...]
Each of these outstanding leaders will serve for a minimum of three years to provide governance, financial oversight, and strategic vision for YOTO. Please help us welcome the newest members of YOTO’s governing body: Tom Hoyt is a retired TEP executive who has served previous terms on YOTO's board and as two-time interim CEO of [...]
A 2021 YOTO senior shares his story of overcoming a difficult year and achieving graduation success!
Youth On Their Own students really showed us what it meant to persevere this year! Class of 2021 seniors faced additional challenges because of the pandemic, but thanks to their persistence, many were able to achieve their graduation dreams and take that special walk across the stage. Kris from Walden Grove High School is among [...]
YOTO liaisons from Santa Rita High School and Eastpointe High School share some of the highlights from the past school year
Youth On Their Own’s dedicated school liaisons are truly the backbone of our organization! During the school year, these committed volunteers work hard to identify and advocate on behalf of YOTO students while also building trusting, supportive relationships. Liaisons stay in touch with YOTO’s Program Coordinators to keep students updated on any changes to our [...]
CEO Elizabeth Slater discusses how YOTO is tearing down barriers to high school graduation in recent Great.com podcast
Youth On Their Own (YOTO) CEO Elizabeth Slater recently chatted with Great.com host Emil Ekvardt about YOTO as part of their 'Great.com Talks With...' podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world. Click here [...]