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.
93% have avoided the juvenile justice system.
98% have avoided early parenting.
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.
Friends – Seattle on Bonneville Radio as December 2018 charity of the month
Executive Director Steve Lewis spoke with KIRO 97.3 FM’s Carolyn Ossorio to dive deeper into our unique and powerful model.
Systemic barriers negatively affect youth of color and perpetuate the cycles of generational poverty
The importance of laughter
A mini-interview with professional mentor Jasmine and her youth