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.

Our Method

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.


Our model is unique.

Explore Our Model


The evidence is remarkable.

See The Evidence


We believe generational change happens one story at a time.


Friends of the Children - Seattle has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

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Liberty Mutual Foundation Education Initiative - 100 Ways

Mentoring Works Washington's Expert Partner

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Winner of the Social Impact Exchange's Business Plan Competition

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