When Benjamin Carnahan was 15-years-old, he says he ended up living by himself on the streets.

“I was kind of lost,” he said. “I didn’t have any plan, I was just going day by day, doing my thing. I wasn’t in school for two years unfortunately.”

He eventually went back to school and learned about the non-profit organization Youth on their Own , that helps homeless and at risk teens by providing financial assistance and helping with other needs so they can stay in school.

This summer, Carnahan is one of 22 students participating in a new program at YOTO called JAG Works. JAG stands for Jobs for Arizona Graduates.

The program has been in the Phoenix area for the last three decades but failed in Tucson several years ago when it was in the Sunnyside School District.


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