Generational poverty can be broken. We've been doing it for more than 25 years.
Children born into poverty are at risk for dropping out of school, substance abuse, incarceration and teen parenting. We provide a salaried, professional mentor, called a Friend, for their entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. 12.5 years. 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% avoid the juvenile justice system.
Although 50% have parents who were incarcerated.
98% avoid early parenting.
Although 85% were born to a teen parent.
We commit to each child for the long-term. 12.5 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.
Meaning, Purpose and Joy
A profile of Duncan Campbell’s life and work
VIDEO: “We are relentless so they will be resilient”
Friends of the Children president Terri Sorensen presented how and why we do what we do at the Stand Together Summit. Watch her presentation!
How It All Began