NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP
Download a PDF Version of this Report

Who We Are

Since 2000, Friends of the Children-Seattle (Friends-Seattle) has been dedicated to impacting generational change by helping youth in King County who are facing the toughest systemic barriers in our community realize their power through relationships with salaried, professional mentors—for 12+years, no matter what.

Demographics

Our Unique Approach

Offering a consistent and supportive adult presence in the lives of youth we serve is at the core of our approach. We are here to listen and help them process life experiences, and provide engaging, creative activities that align with youths’ interests. We promote safety, agency, a sense of belonging, and social-emotional well-being. Together, we foster lifelong resilience and partner with them to attain positive life outcomes.

Program Model

K-5 Program

From the time they join our program through 5th grade, elementary school youth benefit from intensive academic support with an emphasis on math and language skills. As we emerge from the pandemic, we are able to welcome back tutors who can provide additional 1:1 support.

Kayaking web

Youth demonstrated impressive teamwork during kayaking excursions on Lake Union with their mentors over the summer. These experiences exposed them to ways to promote their physical health and well-being.

TEEN PROGRAM

Our commitment to equity informs our programming for teenage youth and we work with them to overcome barriers and create access to opportunities with post-secondary education and career preparation. Group outings contribute to relationship-building, confidence, and teamwork, while mentor-led activities promoted goal-setting and real-world skill development.

Group activities led by mentors include baking, screen printing, and virtual world exploration. These activities encourage experimentation, goal-setting, and helps build connections between academic success and real-world applications.

Checking in on Our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan

Impacting generational change requires intentionality around the inclusion of multiple stakeholder voices and building authentic relationships with our community to ensure we can meet the needs of our youth and families. Our current Strategic Plan is the culmination of a 13-month process reflecting input from alumni, caregivers, staff, volunteers, donors, our Ambassador Board, and our Board of Directors.

Strategic Priorities
SP 1

Ensuring the sustainability of Friends-Seattle is more than a strategic goal, it’s a 12-year+ commitment we make to our youth and families we serve. To keep our commitment, we are continuously refining tools, systems, and processes across our organization to foster better organizational efficiency and inspire collective action. We also recognize and rely on the invaluable support of our community and corporate partners. Their contributions enable us to continue working toward our mission.

EM at Slalom
Sustainability
Community Meeting 2

"At Friends-Seattle, we focus on quality over quantity. It is not about matching as many mentors and youth as possible; it's about creating meaningful connections that truly make a difference in each young person's life. We believe in nurturing these bonds with care and compassion to help our youth more fully recognize their power." — Lacie West, Executive Director

SP 2

Our relationship with the workplace has changed dramatically in recent years. At Friends-Seattle, we recognize the lasting mental health impacts stemming from the pandemic and systemic and historical racial inequity. In addition to investments in professional development and training, we prioritize self-care, provide a flexible hybrid work environment, and are redefining our organization culture to promote inclusivity, collaboration, wellness, active learning, and transparency.

Community Art Mural

The creation of this mural was led by teen mentor Tasha Soine and includes strokes and signatures from members of the Friends-Seattle community. It weaves our individual contributions into a collective whole.

Staff Wellbeing
ZA and Outing web
SP 3

Throughout 2023, staff and board demonstrated vulnerability and boldness in improving our understanding of systems of oppression, how they show up in our work, and identifying steps we could take to shift our organizational culture. We’ve held trainings on articulating our values, setting community agreements, advancing anti-racism, and dismantling institutional oppression. We also deepened our understanding of collaborative leadership, change management, and non-violent communication.

During the return to in-person learning in the fall of 2022, our staff approached our partner schools with care. Many schools had experienced significant transitions, so we worked to reintroduce Friends-Seattle to teachers and staff and ensured that all youth had the opportunity to be considered for participation in our program.

Equity Trio web

Throughout 2023, gaps in academic achievement and socio-emotional development among the youth we served became increasingly visible. We sought to address these disparities and challenges in several ways:

Grounded in Equity
SP 4

To better understand, prioritize, and address the most pressing needs of youth and their families, we continuously refine our programs and seek input from our community. Additionally, we work to equip mentors with tools and resources to offer holistic support and to help amplify the voices of those most impacted by systemic barriers. Friends-Seattle is leading our nationwide Friends of the Children network in shaping our two-generation (2Gen) approach reflecting our belief that our youths’ ability to succeed is tied to the well-being of their families.

OE Support
Rock Paper Scissor
SP 5

Friends-Seattle experienced significant staff transitions within our fund development and communications team over the past year. In addition to rebuilding our team, we are working to diversify our funding pipeline to seek new opportunities, reconnect with long-time supporters, and deepen relationships with our partners. The MacKenzie Scott gift received at the end of FY22 enabled us to make important investments in our staff compensation and training throughout FY23. A significant portion of that gift is being held in reserve and we’ve convened an Investment Strategy Committee to guide us in maximizing its ability to meet our immediate and longer-term financial goals.

Revenue
See the full list of FY23 Donors
Expenses
Supporters web

Our Team

The lists below recognize staff, Board members, and Ambassador Board members who served at Friends-Seattle between September 2022 and August 2023.

STAFF

Staff Retreat Summer 2023 web

DAVID ANTHONY
Professional Mentor

HAILEY BAKER
Family Engagement Manager

ANDRE BARNES
Professional Mentor

KALLEN BLACKSMITH
Professional Mentor

JEREMY BRADBURN
Professional Mentor

ALYSSA BRAULT
Development Manager

JALEN CALHOUN
Professional Mentor

HONG CHHUOR
Chief Development & Communications Officer

TAMARA CORN
Operations Manager

STEPHANIE EDENS
Professional Mentor

SHEENA FANUNCIAL
Senior Director, Teen Program

MATTHEW FIELDS
Professional Mentor

MICHAEL FOWLKES
Professional Mentor

REX GAOAEN
K-5 & Teen Program Manager

ROSA GIBSON
Communications Manager

SAM GORMAN
K-5 Program Manager

BRANDY GRANT
Chief Operations Officer

HELENA HAASE
Professional Mentor

HANNAH HANDSCHIN
Professional Mentor

KATELYNN HARRISON
Executive Assistant

GENOVA HAUSER
Development Coordinator

MARCEL HAUSER
Data & Evaluation Specialist

STEFAN HAUSER
Community Engagement Manager

DOMINIQUE HEBERT
Professional Mentor

SPENCER HESLIP
Professional Mentor

COURTNEY HUCK
Grants Director

MICHELLE HURD
Chief Operations Officer

RICHMOND HURD
Teen Program Manager

ZIZA ISRAEL
Professional Mentor

CHRISTOPHER KIDD
Professional Mentor

TONI LABRECHE
Professional Mentor

DONEKA LANG
Senior Director, Foster & K-5 Program

EYA LAZARO
Volunteer Manager

LYDIA LEARY
Development Manager

BRANDI LI
Marketing Coordinator

COREY LITTLE
Development & Communications Director

AUDREY LOOMIS
Professional Mentor

ELENA LYNCH
Grants Officer

EDGAR MASMELA
Chief Outreach & Engagement Officer

KEVIN MCKEE
Professional Mentor

SOPHIA MORENO
Program Project Manager

HAILEY PETERSON
Professional Mentor

JACKSON RICHMOND
Professional Mentor

JAMES SIMS
Professional Mentor

NATASHA SOINE
Professional Mentor

ERIKA SWEET
Foster & K-5 Program Manager

ALICIA UEHLING
Chief Program Officer

SHAYE VILLANUEVA
Professional Mentor

DARIUS WATERS
Professional Mentor

LACIE WEST
Executive Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

FB Board web

KATHRYN AUPPERLEE

JEFFREY BEAVER

SARAH COX

CARMEN DECKER

AVI JOSHI
Treasurer

SHARON MAGHIE
Founding Board Member

PROSPER NWOKOCHA

KAMEO PEREZ-SIMPSON

KATIE GRIFFITH

DON GUTHRIE
Vice President

DANIELLE WINSLOW
Secretary

JEROME ROACHÉ
President

AMBASSADOR BOARD

ANALISA JOOS
Chair

JOSHUA FIELDS

GABE GUARENTE

MORGAN JALDON

JUSTINA LEE

MAKENZIE POWELSON

KRISTINA CONNOLLY

DR. PHILIP YOUNG, M.D.

KARIN ZIMMER

Download a PDF Version of this Report