YOTO (Youth On Their Own)

What is YOTO?

Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless, unaccompanied youth in Pima County. “Educating homeless teens… investing in Arizona’s future.”

7/7/20 UPDATE: (NEW) A Solution to Mask Wearing at the Hairdresser

Many of us are ready to visit the hairdresser or have and found out how much trouble it is to wear a mask during the visit. Master Mask Designer, Sue Ann Obremski, has come up with a mask that will make it much easier. A face mask with no loops and the sides are slightly smaller. It is held onto the face using two 2” strips of surgical tape, one on each side. She has tested it out by wearing it around for several hours with no problem. The (new) Hairdresser Mask Pattern is available free in this link.

6/26/20 UPDATE: COVID-19 virus continues to have us protect ourselves and be on guard along with our family and friends. With that, schools are going to start up again soon and our precious little ones will probably need to take measures to protect themselves. We have listened to your mask suggestions and thank you for the input.

  • We have adapted the ‘Duck Bill’ mask style for children in 3 sizes.
  • The mask stands away from the nose while still hugging the face at the outer edges, making it easier to breath.
  • There are two loops to secure the mask on their heads and when they don’t have to have it on their face they can just pull it down and it will hang around their neck (less apt to get lost).

We continue to offer several adult styles. There’s now a Gator mask and 3D mask that has been added to the collection. Access the Designer Mask Catalog. To order, send an email to 2qcladies@gmail.com to include your name & phone number, number of masks requested, type of mask (if designer mask, provide Design #), and preference for elastic or ties. You will be contacted when the masks are ready for pickup. Send inquiries to 2qcladies@gmail.com.

Click the link below for detailed information to order and check out the fun & NEW designs to choose from:


5/15/2020 UPDATE: The COVID-19 virus continues to force us to be fluid and flexible for the immediate future. It’s not too late to get your mask or even have fun wearing a designer mask. Masks are probably going to be part of our dress attire for a while. Remember the proceeds from the masks go to help YOTO (Youth on Their Own) and volunteers are making masks available for friends, neighbors, and relatives. In lieu of a charge, we are requesting a donation to YOTO.

3/20/2020 UPDATE: The Coronavirus and closure of schools and offices is presenting YOTO with extreme challenges. YOTO is not staffing their offices regularly at this time. They are not able to receive donations to the mini-mall either in person or through Amazon shipments. To meet the needs of their 2000+ students during these difficult times, YOTO is working through school contacts to give additional stipend assistance and emergency grocery gift cards and bill assistance to its students, many of whom have recently lost jobs due to service industry closures.

This emergency support effort is projected to cost YOTO an additional $50,000 this year. If you or anyone you know is interested in making an additional monetary donation to YOTO at this time, you can do so through the website yoto.org. For additional information, contact Sue Ann Obremski at yoto@womenqc.com.

🎅2019 YOTO Holiday Blanket & Gift Drive🎄

Sue Ann Obremski, YOTO Chair (2019)

Inside the YOTO Committee

Back To School Supply for Yoto 

The Youth on Their Own back to school drive continues through August 31, 2019.   The school supplies for the Youth on Their Own are being collected at the Madera Clubhouse (main entrance) through August.


  • Backpacks
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Composition notebooks
  • Index cards
  • Folders (all types)
  • 3-Ring Binders
  • Gift cards: $10 and $25 (contact Sue at yoto@womenqc.com to arrange drop off directly to her in lieu of leaving gift cards in the Madera box).


All donations are appreciated.  Thank you.

Questions? Contact yoto@womenqc.com.

Thank you to all for your support!

A compilation of photos and updates may be found on TWOQC’s YOTO page.

The Women of Quail Creek “spice things up” for YOTO!

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Learn more at YOTO (yoto.org).


TWOQC’s YOTO Committee collected recipes to create a cookbook for YOTO students. This project was spearheaded by Sue Obremski.  COOKBOOK


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