Help “Spread the Warmth” by participating in the 2018 Holiday Challenge!

For most of us, the holiday season is a warm, happy time marked by togetherness, generosity, and family.

For homeless and unaccompanied youth, however, the holidays can be tough. Many don’t have family members with whom they can share memories and gifts.

Youth On Their Own would like warm up the holidays for homeless youth by providing each YOTO student enrolled in our program a…

  • Plush throw or blanket
  • $25 gift card
  • Encouraging note

What may seem like a small gift has a huge impact on YOTO youth…

“One of the worst feelings during the holiday season is the feeling of being alone. However, when I received a present from Youth On Their Own, that feeling subsided. Not only is it amazing getting an unexpected present, but being supported definitely lifted my spirits.”

– Hope, YOTO Alumna

We Need Your Help

In order to get these gifts to students before they go on winter break, we need your help!


  • Donate plush throws or blankets to our office.
  • Donate $25 gift cards for stores like Target or Walmart to our office (1660 N Alvernon)
  • Donate online

Get Your Community Involved!

  • If you belong to a house of worship, club, school, or business, hold a YOTO Holiday Challenge Drive to collect blankets, $25 gift cards, and donations.

  • Consider volunteering as group this holiday season! It takes a lot of people to put together and distribute these gifts; we need support from groups of people willing to donate their time!

Last year, YOTO served 1741 students.

Help us make the holidays a little more special for even more students this year!

Please call (520) 352-1058 with any questions.

Did you know that your gift to the Holiday Challenge qualifies for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit?

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