Homeless youth in Southern Arizona are able to continue their education thanks to an $8,000 donation from Trico and its lending partner CoBank.
The funds were given to Youth on Their Own (YOTO) for its Special Needs Program, which provides financial assistance to homeless youth for rent, utilities, clothing and school-associated fees.
“Thank you for your tremendous financial gift,” said Marissa Cassellius of YOTO. “The youth we serve are an incredibly vulnerable population of young people who have been abandoned by their parents and are forced to face harsh realities of homelessness entirely on their own. Academic performance and school attendance often deteriorate as these kids must focus their attention on attaining the basic essentials for daily survival.”
Trico and CoBank’s combined investment supported 30 students with special need requests last school year. About one third of these students attended schools in Trico’s service area, the majority of which were in Marana High School, and 12 of the 30 students graduated this past spring.
“These graduates have achieved a critical step towards self-sufficiency and can look forward to lifelong economic benefits such as better job opportunities and higher wages,” Marissa said. “Together we are making a difference in Southern Arizona and changing lives.”