West Bloomfield, Mich. -- The Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA), and the Successors (members 40 and younger) plan to support a local Tucson, Ariz., charity, Youth On Their Own (YOTO), at its 2019 annual convention.

In accordance with the Successors’ directive to lead, inform, network, and support the community (LINC), FCICA and the Successors will be collecting non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, new undergarments, and gift cards at registration at the FCICA’s Annual Convention, March 26 - 28. Additionally, ten percent of all raffle ticket sales will be donated to 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. The organization was founded in 1986 when Ann Young, a guidance counselor in the Amphitheater School District, noticed that talented and motivated students were dropping out of school due to homelessness and being forced to live on their own without a parent or guardian. Inspired by the students’ tenacity and willingness to stay in school, other school counselors, teachers, volunteers, and community members came together to form YOTO with the goal of helping students graduate. Youth On Their Own’s program focuses on three components – financial assistance, basic human needs, and guidance – to ensure that homeless youth have the resources necessary to stay in school and graduate.

For more information, visit yoto.org or www.fcica.com.