Seventeen year old Kevin is bright and passionate about academics, despite the difficulties he’s faced throughout his life. Kevin’s mother lost parental rights early in his life and his father struggled to support them financially. As their bills grew, so did the tension between Kevin and his father. Eventually it was too much, and Kevin’s father became physically abusive toward him. The police were called and just after his sixteenth birthday, Kevin had to find a new place to live.

Thankfully, Kevin’s grandmother and her husband were living in Tucson at the time and Kevin was able to continue attending the academically competitive school he loved. Though Kevin’s home environment is more stable, he sometimes has a difficult time paying for necessities, such as a pair of athletic shoes, or a doctor’s appointment.

The financial support Youth On Their Own provides to Kevin enables him to continue to focus on school and stay on track to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree.

Jawara & Malaika