Supporting the high school graduation and continued success of youth experiencing homelessness
Sahuarita Sun: Homeless SUSD students have help
“Thirteen students are classified as homeless in the Sahuarita Unified School District. YOTO defines homeless youth as students who, through no fault of their own, lack a parent or long-term legal guardian physically involved in their lives and a stable, permanent nighttime residence.
“Homeless doesn’t mean they are sleeping under a bridge and they often don’t look or act like anything is wrong because they are so good a hiding it,” said Daniela Zasa, a former teacher and YOTO student advocate at SUSD. “These kids may been couch-hopping from friend to friend or staying with another family. They just are not in their own homes or even in a permanent one, and eventually it starts to show.”