November 04, 2015

National Expansion Launch

Friends of the Children unveiled an ambitious plan to scale its evidence-based model nationally to help thousands more youth in the highest-risk environments change their story.

“More children are in poverty today than before the Great Recession – it’s time for less talk and more action,” said Terri Sorensen, President of Friends of the Children. “Our unique Friends model is proven, we’re ready to scale nationally and we are looking for partners and communities that are ready to join us in our mission to end generational poverty.”

The announcement was highlighted by a $400,000 contribution from AT&T to support our national expansion! AT&T is our first corporate donor to fund our expansion efforts.

Friends announcement was hosted at our new, state-of-the-art youth center in the Rockwood community, east of Portland. Guests were also treated to a tour of the new facility. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson , Oregon Chief Education Officer Lindsey Capps and Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis were all on hand to witness the kickoff of our expansion fund as well as hear firsthand from one of our program graduates, Jimmy Tyrrell, who shared about his journey from a youth at Friends to now holding a position in government.

“We’re not going to stop until there is a Friends chapter in every city in America” announced Terri. Our goal is to take our evidenced-based model national with an ambitious plan to close the opportunity gap for thousands of youth in the highest-risk environments. Join us in our efforts and stay tuned for more news to come!