After being highlighted as part of the Citizen Philadelphia’s 4th Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival, a group of dedicated local champions came together to bring the Friends of the Children to Philadelphia.

Friends of the Children – Philadelphia will launch in 2024 and will serve children and families living in the Kensington-North Philly area. Our dedicated partners in child selection include North 10 Philadelphia, the Community Center at Visitation (located in the Kensington area), and the School District of Philadelphia.


Challenges faced by a community require local solutions. Friends of the Children – Philadelphia is its own independent 501c3 with local leadership from board to staff to walk alongside the children and families in Philadelphia who need it most.

Interested in learning more about how you can support Friends – Philadelphia? Please contact info@friendsofthechildren.org.



Each child enrolled in the Friends – Philadelphia’s program will be paired with a paid, professional mentor called a Friend. For 12+ years, from ages 4 to 6 to high school graduation, Friends work with their youth in schools, at home, and in the community for 3 to 4 hours each week to build skills like problem-solving, perseverance, and self-management. These skills empower youth to pursue and achieve their goals in school and in life. Simultaneously, leveraging our two-generation approach, Friends will empower parents and caregivers to build their own skills as parents, advocate for themselves and their children, and increase connectedness to community resources that improve family stability.

Friends of the Children - Philadelphia featured in The Philadelphia Citizen

"A poverty-fighting nonprofit presented its stellar outcomes at The Citizen’s Ideas We Should Steal Festival. Now it’s launching in Philly"

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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.

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


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