How do you break the cycle of generational poverty?

It takes a courageous and proven model.

Friends of the Children Receives $100,000 Grant to Support Adolescent Youth Mental Health

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Change the Way People Treat Youth Impacted by Foster Care

Our Method

We select children who face multiple systemic obstacles. We amplify their voices as they write their own stories of hope and resilience.

Our Model

We commit to each child for the long-term.
12+ years, no matter what.

Each child is paired with a paid professional mentor called a Friend.

Our Outcomes

92% of youth go on to enroll in post-secondary education, serve our country or enter the workforce.

83% of youth earn a high school diploma or a GED.

93% of youth remain free from juvenile justice system involvement.

98% of youth wait to parent until after their teen years.

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