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Youth On Their Own

WHAT WE DO:

Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is dedicated to supporting the high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth by providing financial assistance, basic human needs and guidance.

WHY WE SOUGHT SVP INVESTMENT:

We believed that partnering with SVP would add to our long term sustainability by increasing mission recognition, visibility and support. We also hoped to access the Partner’s professional skills and maximize on that. Mentoring from SVP would also increase productivity and effectiveness of the YOTO Board of Directors and Leadership Council.

SVP IMPACT:

$75,000 between 2012-2014 + Partner time and expertise

With the selection of YOTO, SVP chose to try out a new strategy for working with Investees- “The Work Team.” Rather than tackling projects individually, Partners met regularly to share the load and bounce ideas. Employees now have benefits, appropriate salary adjustments have been made, the Employee handbook has been created, and organizational charts and job descriptions are in place. The Board received training and worked with Partners to develop a strategic planning process.