2015 Grant Recipients

6th Year Funding

Agency Background: Established in l986, YOTO is a dropout prevention program serving at-risk youth in grades 6-12 throughout Tucson and Pima County. The youth YOTO serves are poor, homeless and/or abandoned through no fault of their own. They are all living without biological parental support and may be in foster care or otherwise lacking a safe or stable nighttime residence. YOTO’s mission is to support the high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth by providing financial assistance, basic human needs and guidance. YOTO’s vision is to empower young people on their own to become positive and productive citizens in our community.

Focus of the 2015 SCCF Grant: Through the Student Living Expense program, homeless students have the opportunity to earn a monthly stipend up to $140 based on their academic performance during the ninemonth school year. Students must be enrolled in a private, public, charter or alternative school in Pima Count. A “C” average is required and drugs, alcohol and gang affiliation is prohibited.

Measurable Results:

  • Less than 15% of YOTO students drop out of school due to poor attendance
  • Minimum 70% retention rate of enrolled students at the end of the school year
  • 75% of enrolled students earn a monthly GPA of 2.0 or greater, thereby demonstrating academic success.

Contact: Marussa Cassellius, Grant Manager macassellius@yoto.org