JOIN SIMONE BILES AND LEARN HOW YOU CAN EMPOWER YOUTH WITH BIG DREAMS WHO ALSO FACE OBSTACLES LIKE FOSTER CARE, POVERTY, HOUSING INSECURITY, AND MORE. Subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn more. * indicates required Email Address *First Name Last Name Thank you for choosing to learn more about Friends of the Children as we support families and improve mental health in young adults. We know a consistent connection with even one adult can help improve emotional development in early childhood. 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.