How do you break the cycle of generational poverty?

It takes a courageous and proven model.

Forbes features Friends of the Children approach to racial equity

Researchers receive $2.5M NIH grant to complete RCT study

Friends awarded $250,000 contribution from AT&T

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.

Partners