Friends of the Children

To provide our most vulnerable children with a nurturing and sustained relationship with an adult role model who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child. We set 3 long-term goals for each child: 1) Success in school; 2) avoid involvement in the juvenile justice system; 3) avoid early parenting. Our program is successful: 85% graduate with a HS diploma or GED; 97% have avoided the juvenile justice system; 98% avoided early parenting.
Year of mentor activities for 50 vulnerable youth
This project will help sustain our 12.5 year commitment to the community's most vulnerable youth by providing funding for a year's worth of meaningful activities for 50 youth with their mentors, called Friends. Friends spend a minimum of 16 hours per month with each child both in and out of school engaging him or her in a wide range of academic and enrichment activities designed to build basic life skills, self confidence, academic success and resiliency. project reportread updates from the field