The YOTO family stands in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism, white supremacy, and the horrible injustices we’ve witnessed in recent weeks, and for far too long. We grieve for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black lives taken without justice for them and their families. We acknowledge that racism and injustice exist widely and we commit to being part of the solution.

We join with the voices that are demanding justice and we stand with members of our community who are personally impacted by this continued violence, including the young people we support in schools across Pima County who experience the trauma and affects of systemic racism.

We will continue our work to advance educational equity and to develop and support leaders who will create a more just and equitable future for all of us.

We will examine and engage with our organization’s own issues of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access as it relates to our program, policies, practices, and organizational norms. We know these are areas where we can and must do better.

To our students: We see you and we honor you. YOTO is a family you can depend on for compassion and solidarity. We are here to listen and support, so please reach out if you need us. You are not alone.

Checking in with Pueblo High’s incredible YOTO school liaison, Andrea Vazquez Mata
Three YOTO Family members share their experiences working in the food service industry in the time of COVID-19