In December of 2013, Youth on Their Own was approached by the University of Arizona College of Education to create a collaboration to aid YOTO in better understanding the challenges that homeless and foster students face on a daily basis. Since that time, YOTO and the College of Education have worked together to collect and analyze data which will assist YOTO in improving services for homeless and foster students while simultaneously providing the academic community with a more thorough understanding of this unique demographic which has historically been under-researched. Because of this partnership, unprecedented information is surfacing which will both strengthen the services provided to these vulnerable children in our community and potentially change the way homeless youth are served throughout the entire country.

Information and media requests should be directed to College of Education Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Sulkowski ([email protected]) and YOTO Director of Programs Dane Binder ([email protected]).

Alicia Cabrero Lobato, Vice Rector for International Affairs at Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, and Teresa Liverzani-Baker, Executive Director for Youth On Their Own, along with Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat.

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