5th Year Funding

Agency Background: YOTO, founded in 1986, is dedicated to support high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth (ages 12-21) enrolled in public school by providing financial assistance, basic human needs aid, and overall guidance. The vision of YOTO is: To empower and to create stability in the lives of young people on their own to become positive and productive citizens of our community. Currently YOTO serves 731 youth in 76 schools and anticipates serving 850 by year end.

Focus of the 2013 SCCF Grant: Monthly Stipend Program and Third Party Program Evaluation The Monthly Stipend Program is a drop-out prevention program for homeless youth in the Oro Valley and Tucson areas. The SCCF grant will provide stipends for 8 students of $125 per month for 10 months of the school year. The stipend is earned by homeless youth who maintain a “C” grade in every class and good attendance at school. In addition, YOTO is requesting SCCF funding for an outside evaluation to determine if there are ways to more effectively address the issue of high school dropouts.

Website: www.yoto.org
Contact: Teresa Baker, Executive Director, teresalbaker@yoto.org