To accelerate generational change, Friends of the Children identifies youth facing the toughest challenges and connects them with professional mentors who guide them to develop their greatest potential and achieve their goals. From kindergarten through graduation, no matter what.
We select children facing the highest risks. We help them change their stories.
83% of our youth graduate high school.
Although 60% have parents who did not.
93% have avoided the juvenile justice system.
Although 50% have parents who have been incarcerated.
98% have avoided early parenting.
Although 85% were born to a teen parent.
We commit to each child for the long-term. 12 ½ years. No matter what.
Each child is paired with a salaried, professional mentor called a Friend.
We believe generational change happens one story at a time.
The road to success was hard for Jaiana. With her professional mentor Alicia's help she will be the first in her family to go to college.
The Zombie Math-Apocalypse
Jerrod* didn't like math, but he did like zombies...
Brian and Jesse
Sometimes the biggest breakthroughs happen when you know you have the support of someone who won’t judge you and will help you work through your faults.