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Tucson Unified administrators learn about Youth on Their Own



Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is dedicated to dropout prevention and continued success for homeless teens in Pima County. In the 2013-2014 school year, Tucson Unified documented 2260 homeless teens attending our schools. 500 of them received assistance through YOTO and were referred to the program by our school counselors, athletic directors and other school staff.

Teens participating in YOTO receive assistance with basic human needs, dropout intervention and guidance, and cash support that is tied to a C or above grade average. Students can come to YOTO, located at Pima and Alvernon, to select up to 10 pounds of food or they can go online and select food to be delivered to them.

David Martin, YOTO Program Director, spoke at the Administrators Conference on June 10.We interviewed two Tucson Unified students that have received life-changing support through the program.

As Tucson High senior Jazmin says, "People should ask more."