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.
Searching for youth who need us most
"Toughest challenges" isn't always spelled out on paper
A week in the life of a mentor
Generational change, one child at a time, one week at a time
Maya seeks consistency; Erika delivers.
Maya* walked warily down the stairs of her foster home and stared at the hardwood floors.