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AZPM – Border Dilemma: Parents Can’t See Triplets Graduate

U.S. born children whose parents have been deported or voluntarily returned to their country of origin face an uncertain future. Younger ones go into foster care. The older ones are often left to fend for themselves. In Tucson, some find their way to Youth on Their Own, which provides a support network. Jose Chua is graduating from high school in June. “I was born here in Tucson. Us triplets. Me and my brother and my sister.” Jose is the spokesman for the family. “It’s the three holy names – Maria, Jesus and Jose.” Mary, Jesus and Joseph. Jose said that …

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Greater Tucson Leadership: Multipurpose space serving homeless youth to be unveiled

Room renovation part of GTL community impact project Youth on Their Own, a nonprofit dropout prevention agency supporting homeless youth in their goals of staying in school, didn’t have a gathering space for students to meet and work on projects. Neither did it have a functional space to hold Board meetings or to engage donors in providing critical services for vulnerable youth. That all changes Friday. A new multipurpose room will be unveiled to the community on Friday during a celebration honoring the culminating project of Greater Tucson Leadership, a nonprofit program designed to develop future community leaders. It also …

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Tucson News Now – 1 in 5 homeless teens become victims of human trafficking

New reports are shedding light on how common trafficking is among homeless youth around the country. According to studies from The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Loyola University Modern Slavery Research Project, nearly 20 percent of homeless kids have been victims of trafficking. That number includes sex and labor trafficking. YOTO’s Program Manager Daniela Zasa said it is a problem they often see in Tucson. “It is something that they [homeless teens] don’t often tell us,” Zasa said. “They have huge stigma, already coming from homeless…this is another label they …

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YOTO Meets $50,000 Matching Funds Challenge

Less than 1 month after presenting our $50,000 matching funds challenge at our 1st annual spring lunch, you have helped us reach out goal! Thanks to the generosity of two Youth On Their Own donors, gifts in support of the spring lunch were matched dollar-for-dollar to help us reach more homeless youth next school year. With $50,000 raised and $50,000 matched (bringing our grand total to $100,000), we hope to support at least 40 more students for the 2017-2018 school year. We are humbled and blessed to be surrounded by individuals who care so deeply about our students. Thank you! …

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Arizona Gives Day Raises $2.74 Million for Nonprofits Statewide

Arizona Gives Day, the grassroots, statewide day of giving that invites Arizonans to support their favorite causes, raised $2.74 million for nonprofits on April 4, 2017. Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, and presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day has now helped raise more than $10.14 million for Arizona nonprofits since its founding in 2013. “ We saw an overwhelming outpouring of generosity from donors this year, with 84 percent electing to cover all processing fees related to their donations to their favorite nonprofits,” said Kristen Merrifield, CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. “This …

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Tucson News Now: Tucson Federal Credit Union Awards Tucson Nonprofits $45,000

Three Tucson area nonprofits received $45,000 thanks to the Tucson Federal Credit Union and its Community Partnership Awards on Tuesday, April 18. According to a recent release the awards were donated to organizations whose charitable missions “transform lives of people in need and where a direct impact of the donation can be measured.” The three nonprofits are: the Erik Hite Foundation, which received the largest check for $25,000; and Youth On Their Own and Our Family Services, who each received $10,000. TFCU is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a commitment to perform 80 Acts of Kindness. President/CEO, Susan Stansberry, said …

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Youth On Their Own Debuts 2017-2020 Strategic Plan

Youth On Their Own (YOTO) recently underwent a strategic planning process conducted by Alexander | Carrillo Consulting, a local nonprofit consulting firm that specializes in fundraising, strategic planning, and organizational development. YOTO held focus groups for a variety of constituencies – from students to donors, from staff/board to volunteers – to gather feedback on the agency and its programs. We compiled all results into a singular, living document. Several months later, we are proud to unveil our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan which will guide over agency over the next several years. This plan highlights 5 main goals: Improve, clarify, and streamline …

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KGUN9: Tucson steps up to replace food for homeless teens

A heart-warming response to a hard-hearted crime. Last week, KGUN9 showed you how someone stole stockpiles of food from Youth on Their Own. Youth On Their Own uses this food to keep homeless teens going, as they push past their problems to reach graduation. Since our story aired, the organization has a new problem, but it’s a good one. “It’s been amazing. People have been walking in the door with food, donations, checks; and it’s all types of people, people who themselves don’t have much.” Click to Watch Video  Click to Make A Donation  Click to Donate Items    

Tucson News Now: Donors helping Youth On Their Own recover after devastating theft

Youth On Their Own calls itself an anti-dropout program for homeless youth. It provides support, such as food, to help 12 to 21 year olds stay in school and graduate from high school. Thieves made that job harder when they took nearly half-a-ton of food and hygiene products from a container the agency uses to hold reserves. Those reserves were supposed to help YOTO get itself and the young people it serves through the summer months when donations typically fall off. Donors are stepping up to help, but YOTO said it’s not back where it should be. Tucson police said …

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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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