Aug 6, 2013 10:24 AM by Ryan Haarer

"Youth on Their Own" asking for back to school supplies

TUCSON- Youth on Their Own has a lofty goal this year. 1,000 brand new backpacks, stuffed with brand new school supplies, all donated by the community. They say 1,000 might not even be enough.

Tired of dealing with problems at home, Cheyenne Peery moved out as soon as she turned 18. Then, the real world hit her.

"I have rent, and my phone bill and I have to keep up with gas in my vehicle if I borrow one. And a lot of times, it gets a little rough."

Luckily she found Youth on Their Own which she says has lifted a huge weight off her shoulders. They give her food, clothing, and a stipend for earning good grades.

"There's about 4,000 homeless youth that we are trying to reach out to in Pima County. It's about 27 percent higher than the national average and we really want to reach out to all of those kids but we can really only do that with the support of our community," said Dane Binder, program director with Youth on Their Own.

The goal, supply students with everything they need to graduate.

"Kids are actually 8 times more likely to go to prison if they don't graduate from high school. Which is astronomical," said Binder.

They're asking for new backpacks, paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, calculators, glue, and folders. They are little things that go a long way for students like Cheyenne.

"A backpack is a backpack. I can't afford to get one so when they give me one it helps a lot. Plus, it's not only just the backpack, it's stuffed with school supplies. So I get school supplies that I don't have to buy until later. Which, you know, puts a little extra money in my pocket!"

You can bring those supplies to the youth on their own office near Grant and Alvernon. For a full list of supplies and for more information on how you can help, visit the Youth on Their Own website at http://yoto.org/.


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