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.

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% 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.


Our model is unique.

Explore Our Model


The evidence is remarkable.

See The Evidence


We believe generational change happens one story at a time.


Winner of the 2016 Social Innovation Fund Award

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#1 'Most Admired' Non-Profit Organization 2015 - 2017

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Feature in the Detroit Free Press

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