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14th Annual ARCA Raffle – Buy Your Tickets Today!

Over the past 13 years, the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association (ARCA) has raised over $216,000 for Youth On Their Own! This year, ARCA’s goal is to contribute an additional $25,000 directly to YOTO to keep even more homeless youth in school. The Zombie Apocalypse / Walking Dead themed event is scheduled for July 15, 2017 at Golden Pin Lanes. At least 400 guests will be present to help raise money for the kids by participating in tournament bowling, silent auction, raffle, prize lane, and bake sale. If you can’t make it to the bowling event, you can still support the …

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KVOA: Tucson non-profit battling child homelessness

Arizona ranks as the fifth worst state for child homelessness, at any given moment there are around 5,000 homeless youth in Pima County. Youth On Their Own is taking on the community’s social issue one child at time. The non-profit has now helped 1631 struggling Pima County students so far this school year, a record number for the non-profit, and their goal is to give everyone of them the tools they need to succeed. High school senior, Jose Chua, has been going to YOTO for the last year. The organization has helped him with financial assistance, basic human needs and …

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KGUN9: Hard-hearted thieves steal food for homeless teens

Tucson: How cold blooded is this? Thieves stole a stockpile of food meant for homeless teenagers who were doing their best to stay in school and get ahead. You may not be aware of the problems of homeless teens but Youth on Their Own is. The organization helps them get ahead in school and get ahead in life despite all their challenges. Part of that help comes in the form of food but someone was so cold blooded they took the food supplies that could have held the kids for months. The empty shelves in a storage container held food, …

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Tucson’s “Youth On Their Own” breaking service record

The news came in a simple tweet on Tuesday from Youth On Their Own: “We have already served over 1,600 #HomelessYouth in #Tucson this year, officially exceeding last year’s record-breaking number of 1,588.” According to a news release on the organization’s website, “The National Center on Family Homelessness ranks Arizona fifth worst in the United States for child homelessness. Every year, more than 62,000 children throughout Arizona are displaced through no fault of their own.” Read More >>    

Electronics for Empowerment

Local Tucson Nonprofit Refurbishes 30 Computers for Homeless Youth Written by Caitlin Bishop, Marketing & Communications Assistant Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, Youth On Their Own (YOTO) has refurbished more than 30 laptop and desktop computers for homeless students in the enrolled program. YOTO relies on the generosity of the community for these computer and electronic donations. Many of the computers that are donated have outdated software and contain multiple viruses. Douglas Plecity, YOTO’s Data and IT Coordinator, updates the computers and informs students on how they can keep the technology current on their own. While all computer donations are …

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Get to Know – Sean Denlinger, Board Member

Sean Denlinger attended Pima Community College and the Hogan School of Real Estate. He is currently a senior loan officer at NOVA Home Loans. He has been a voting member of the YOTO board of directors since 2016 and got involved after meeting Kristyn Conner, YOTO’s Director of Development, at a Southern Arizona Home Builders Association event. After hearing about YOTO’s goal to support homeless teens and help them graduate high school, Sean knew it was a cause he wanted to support. He hopes YOTO will continue to help as many students as possible, and to encourage and assure them …

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Get to Know – Jane Klipp, Board Member

Jane Klipp attended San Diego State University as an undergraduate and the University of Arizona for her graduate degree in psychology, sociology and education. An educational consultant for underperforming schools, Jane knows first-hand how important YOTO’s mission to help homeless teens graduate is. A voting member of the YOTO board of directors since 2013, she wants to ensure these teens get “as much support as possible and a fair shot at life.” Jane hopes that in the years to come, YOTO expands to provide support to even more teens. View Other Board Members    

Get to Know – Dr. Bryan Foulk, Board Member

Dr. Bryan Foulk attended the University of Arizona as an undergraduate with a double major in biology and chemistry, then went on to Washington University where he earned his doctorate in dentistry. He has provided dental care to YOTO students since the agency’s creation over 31 years ago. One of the original seven YOTO founders, Bryan got involved with the organization because he personally knew Ann Young (the Amphi High School guidance counselor who was the original catalyst for starting the YOTO program). Today, he is the last founder who is still a member of the board of directors. He …

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Double Your Impact for Greater Tucson’s Homeless Teens!

Greater Tucson Leadership’s Class of 2017 is on a mission to help our community’s homeless teens. With your support, the class will build a multi-purpose space for Youth On Their Own, giving the 1,600 homeless teens the nonprofit serves every year a proper place to gather, grow, and learn. To help them reach their goal, generous supporter Bonnie Kay will DOUBLE every dollar you give, up to $5,000! 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go toward the class project to benefit Youth On Their Own’s homeless teens. Make a Donation    

YOTO Launches Caring Couriers Pilot Program

Local Tucson Nonprofit Expands Delivery Services to Homeless Youth Written by: Caitlin Bishop, Marketing & Communications Assistant Youth On Their Own’s new pilot program, “Caring Couriers,” was initiated earlier this year in an attempt to increase efficiency and provide additional services to students that struggle with regular access to transportation. Every week, all YOTO students are given the opportunity to take home ten pounds of food from the Mini-Mall at the main office on the corner of Alvernon and Pima. They also have access to clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items. In the past, when students were unable to visit …

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Youth On Their Own – Spring Lunch Recap

On behalf of all those we serve, thank you so much for your support of our 2017 Spring Lunch. We hope you enjoyed the event and that you had the opportunity to chat with some of our students and alumni… it is because of YOU that they have blossomed into tenacious and successful members of this community. In the words of Jazmin, a senior at Tucson High who is graduating this spring: “To all of the YOTO donors – I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have made graduation possible for me. Everyday life …

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Arizona Daily Star – Giving Back in Southern Arizona

Local philanthropist Bonnie Kay has pledged to match all donations — up to $5,000 — to build a multi-purpose space to support Youth On Their Own in serving homeless teens. The project is being driven by the 2017 class of Greater Tucson Leadership, a nonprofit program designed to develop future community leaders. Kay, whose regular gifts have assisted animal welfare causes as well as programs that support economically vulnerable members of the community, has made the pledge in an effort to help support the class in its goal of raising $15,000 to complete the project. Others who have contributed to …

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