From Youth on Their Own website:
Homeless youth ages 13-21 need school supplies, too! Did you know there are nearly 4000 homeless youth in Tucson and Pima County? Arizona ranks number 1 in the country for percentage of kids dropping out of high school.
Last year, YOTO served over 1100 homeless youth and 254 seniors celebrated a 96% graduation rate. This represents a 60% increase in the number of students we served from the year before. We fully expect to serve the same number of students – perhaps more – in this upcoming school year. Help the homeless youth in our community graduate by participating in YOTO’s Back to School Challenge – Stuff a Backpack Program
Go to their website, www.yoto.org to see how you can help. I used to work with runaway teens and well understand why some of them do run away from home and become homeless. Sometimes the “Big Bad Wolf” is right there in their own family, abusing and molesting them. Please help these kids get educated via YOTO.
Donate a new adult sizes backpack stuffed with:
Two to three packs of college rule loose leaf paper
Three to five college rule notebooks
Three to five folders
Two packs of pencils
Two packs of pens
Youth On Their Own supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth by providing financial assistance, basic human needs and guidance.