Generational poverty can be broken. We've been doing it for over 20 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.
Thomas G. Lee named executive director of Friends of the Children–Los Angeles
New chapter to provide salaried, professional mentors to children of youth who have been in foster care
Award-Winning Documentary Series The Visionaries to Feature Friends of the Children
New documentary to air nationwide as nonprofit celebrates 25 years and expands nationally
'Friends' Expands to Five New Cities
New chapters in Austin, TX; Central Oregon; Charlotte, NC; and Los Angeles, CA; and an expansion in Boston—is due in large part to the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a federal matching grant opportunity.