For 30 years, Friends of the Children has matched paid, professional mentors, called Friends, with children who have big dreams. We walk alongside these youth from kindergarten through high school—12+ years, no matter what—in 36 locations across the country including cities, towns, Indigenous communities, and rural areas.

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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

3 Es

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

Graduation

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

Juvenile Justice

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

Parenting

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