• Convention 2019 Charity - Youth on their Own

  • Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless, unaccompanied youth in Pima County. The organization was founded in 1986 when Ann Young, a guidance counselor in the Amphitheater School District, noticed that talented and motivated students were dropping out of school due to homelessness and being forced to live on their own without a parent or guardian. Inspired by the students’ tenacity and willingness to stay in school, other school counselors, teachers, volunteers, and community members came together to form YOTO with the goal of helping students graduate..

    Youth On Their Own’s program focuses on three components – financial assistance, basic human needs, and guidance – to ensure that homeless youth have the resources necessary to stay in school and graduate.

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  • What to Donate

    • Non-perishable food items
      • Macaroni & cheese
      • Soups & chili
      • Canned pasta (Chef Boyardee, etc.)
      • Spaghetti sauce & pasta
      • Ramen noodles
      • Cereal
      • Bottled Water
      • Canned meats (tuna & chicken)
      • Peanut butter & jelly
      • Canned fruits
    • New Regular sized personal care/hygiene products
      • Deodorant
      • Razors
      • Shaving cream
      • Soap
      • Shampoo & conditioner
      • Toilet paper
      • Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
    • New undergarments sized for 13-21 year olds
      • Women’s underwear
      • Boxers (no briefs, please)
      • Socks (short/ankle, to wear with athletic shoes)
    • Gift Cards
      • ​Walmart
      • Target
      • Fry’s
      • Safeway