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Youth On Their Own

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  • 18 people are interested

Are You Interested in Learning More about Youth On Their Own? Join Us for Drop-In Daze!
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.

Drop-In Daze! volunteer projects may include:
Preparing feminine hygiene emergency kits;*sorting and packaging healthy snacks for our students; writing, decorating and addressing student birthday cards; creating fun and inspirational notes for our students and much more!
*Volunteers who sew or quilt are needed to help create zippered bags for our Code RED project!

This unique volunteer opportunity is scheduled on a bi-weekly basis and is limited to no more than ten volunteers per session:

- RSVP is required per session for each participant.
- All projects are dependent upon donations received and organizational need.
- Drop-In Daze! dates may be cancelled due to lack of interested participants.

- Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

For more information (and for dates and times), please contact Kristin Ohman, Volunteer Manager at
520-545-0560 or

*PLEASE NOTE: At this time, we do not have any regular, weekly volunteer opportunities available and also currently have a waiting list for interested volunteers. We encourage you to visit our website at to learn more about how you can support homeless youth in our community.


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About Youth On Their Own


1660 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712, US

Mission Statement

Youth On Their Own (YOTO), a 501(c)(3) local non-profit agency, is dedicated to support the high school graduation and continued success of homeless and at-risk youth by providing financial assistance, basic human needs and guidance.


Youth On Their Own (YOTO), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a drop out prevention program that supports the high school graduation of homeless and unaccompanied youth in the Greater Tucson region who are in 6th - 12th grade (up to age 21). Students are enrolled in public schools--including charter and alternative schools--and are motivated to obtain their high school diplomas despite personal and financial hardship.

YOTO youth, 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. The absence of caring, adult support and a consistent home environment is not conducive to successful academic performance, placing this population at great risk of dropping out of high school. Statistics show that, without a high school diploma, they are likely to continue the cycle of poverty and reliance on social services, and are at increased risk for substance abuse, incarceration and mental health problems throughout adulthood.

YOTO provides students with financial assistance, basic needs and guidance as they work to obtain their high school diplomas. With community contributions and support, YOTO has helped over 15,000 students stay in school and remain focused on the goal of graduation, paving the way to become self-sufficient, productive adults within their communities.


We'll work with your schedule.


1660 N. Alvernon WayTucsonTucson, AZ 85712



  • General Education
  • Youth Services
  • Office Reception
  • Administrative Support
  • Quilting
  • Sewing


  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Up to two hours per session.
  • Creativity and enthusiasm!

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