Local

August 1, 2013

755th AMXS Airmen help homeless youth

Airman 1st Class Chris Massey
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Two airmen from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here are on a mission to help the homeless youth of Tucson.

Airman 1st Class John Collard and Senior Airman Thomas Nguyen are working with a local nonprofit organization, “Youth On Their Own.”

This organization is a drop-out prevention program that supports the high school graduation of homeless, unaccompanied, metro Tucson and Pima County youth ages 13 through 21. Students are enrolled in public, charter, and alternative schools and are motivated to obtain their high school diplomas, despite personal and financial hardship. YOTO offers financial assistance, basic human needs and guidance as students work to obtain their high school diplomas.

Tucson and Pima County have nearly 4,000 homeless youth. Arizona has the highest percentage of kids dropping out of school in the U.S.

Last year, YOTO served more than 1,100 homeless youth and 254 seniors celebrated a 96 percent graduation rate.

Collard said that he really likes this specific organization because the proceeds immediately impact the local community’s students in need and set them up for success.

“Growing up, I knew a lot of kids that had hard living situations or didn’t have a lot of money,” said Collard. “I remember how it affected them in school and think this is a good opportunity to change that especially since we have the means.”

Once Collard found this organization, he wanted to get more people involved and called upon Nguyen to assist.

“I think this, also, is important to Collard to create a squadron and unit cohesion tool,” said Nguyen. “It can allow the squadron to gel better, enhance the morale within the unit and base and create more of a team-centric idea that combines minds and hearts together by supporting this great cause.”

Nguyen believes that getting these students to graduate helps make them more productive members of society.

A back-to-school challenge called Stuff a Backpack Program is being held by YOTO with a goal of collecting a thousand backpacks filled with school supplies. This challenge started July 1 and will run until October 1.

A stuffed backpack includes a new adult-sized backpack stuffed with the following:

  • two to three packs of college-rule loose-leaf paper
  • three to five college-rule notebooks
  • three to five folders
  • calculator
  • glue
  • tape
  • two packs of pencils
  • two packs of pens
  • hand sanitizer
  • tissues

Collard and Nguyen have set a base-wide goal of 100 stuffed backpacks and look to contribute at least 20 from their squadron alone.

Monetary contributions are also accepted.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Collard at 707-951-3334 or Nguyen at 321-223-2828. More information can also be found at www.yoto.org.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brian A. Barbour)

Arizona Air Guard to watch over Super Bowl XLIX

Pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Wing’s Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base may take to the skies to help protect thousands of spectators at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona,...
 
 

Free Tax services opens on Davis-Monthan

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center opened its doors today for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Public Health personnel. There are 35 volunteers at the VITA office to include 27 tax preparers with the ability to conduct 10 appointments at a time. “The volunteers here are IRS certified tax preparers,” according to Skip...
 
 

355th Security Forces Squadron armory

Senior Airman Deiron Armstead, 355th Security Forces Squadron arms room attendant, issues Staff Sgt. Tyler Rivas, 355th SFS NCO in charge of armory operations, a weapon at the armory at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Defenders who work flight line security, entry control, and patrol are issued weapons every day before their shift and return the...
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey)

355th CES creates portable water system

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Water Fuels System Maintenance shop has developed an innovative portable water system for facilities that lose access to a potable water supply. The system was designed and developed by Kar...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)

D-M Airman receives early gift before the holidays

What seemed to be a normal visit from base leadership to the Civil Engineer Squadron’s Emergency Management building, quickly unveiled itself to be a career-changing day for a young staff sergeant. The 355th Fighter Wing comm...
 
 

355th Communications Squadron

Senior Airmen Kevin Davis and Garrett Leeper, 355th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions systems technicians, perform a preventive maintenance inspection on a giant voice pole at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Dec. 22, 2014. Checking the poles and amplifiers ensures base emergency warning systems remain operational. Staff Sgt. Luis Permont, 355th Communications Squadron radio fr...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin