Youth On Their Own Back to School Challenge

Connie Vaughan

Caring Hearts and Hands of Quail Creek (CHHQC) is supporting Youth On Their Own‘s (YOTO) restocking of its student mini mall with back-to-school items.

YOTO is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of youth experiencing homelessness in Pima County. Pima County has more than 5,600 homeless students, and graduation rates for these students are extremely low due to financial stress, family instability, food insecurity, and health issues. YOTO steps in to support homeless youth by addressing these issues and providing a path out of poverty with a high school diploma, and beyond, with college and vocational school scholarships.

How can Quail Creek residents help? CHHQC is asking for school supplies, hygiene products, and nonperishable food donations. Donations can be dropped off from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 at 475 N. Keyes Road or 531 N. Keyes Road.

The Madera Clubhouse will also have a YOTO bin set up from Sept. 5 through Sept. 11.