Youth on their Own

Youth on their Own2017-10-04T18:08:10+00:00

2016 Grant Recipients

YOUTH ON THEIR OWN-7th Year Funding-$10,000

Agency Background:  Established in l986, YOTO is a dropout prevention program operating across 125+ local middle and high schools. For 30 years, its mission has remained focused to support high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, and guidance. Through innovative and a multi-tiered intervention mode, YOTO has created a new dimension of tackling the dropout rate among the unique demographic of homeless and abandoned students.  Since l986, over 16,000 homeless youth have been empowered to stay in school and pursue opportunities for self-sufficiency.

Focus of the 2016 SCCF Grant: Student Living Expense Program:  Stone Canyon would provide 142 homeless students the opportunity to earn a monthly stipend up to $140 based on their academic performance during the nine-month school year.  Students must be enrolled in a private, public, charter or alternative school in Pima County.  A “C” average is required and drugs, alcohol and gang affiliation is prohibited.

Measurable Results:

  • Less than 10% of YOTO students drop out of school due to poor attendance
  • Minimum 75% retention rate of enrolled students at the end of the school year
  • At least 75% of enrolled students earn a monthly GPA of 2.0 or greater, thereby demonstrating academic success.

Contact: Marissa Cassellius, Grant Manager  mcassellius@yoto.org