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.

Friends of the Children
44 NE Morris Street
Portland, OR 97212
United States
503-281-6633
http://friendspdx.org/

President

Terri Sorensen

Management Team

Terri Sorensen, Joe Bergen, Megan Lewis, Denise Velaski, Randy Zeller

Board of Directors

Chuck Floberg - Chair, Maddie Andrews, Susan Baty, Diana M. Bianco, Thomas Braden, Chris Brisbee, Andrae Brown, Elise Brown, Ryan Buchanan, Rich Callahan, Carmen Calzacorta, Cynthia Campbell, Duncan Campbell, Mark Chussil, Edward Freysinger, Eric Gabrielson, Lilisa Hall, Allyson Harris, Jared Holum, Randy Zeller, Bertha Ferran, Kathleen Kee, Thomas E Keller, Peter Lizotte, Windi Martin, Alex Miller, Andy Miller, Jenna Mooney, John Nolting, Traci Rose, Bruce Schoen, Matt Swaim, Carolyn Walker

Project Leaders

Karin Zimmer

Mission

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.

Programs

We provide the most vulnerable children in our community with a paid, professional mentor, called a Friend, for 12 1/2 years, from kindergarten through high school. Children spend 16 hours per month with their Friends, engaged in activities that support their academic development and social and emotional well-being.

Statistics on Friends of the Children

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $3,894,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $3,894,000
  • Other funding sources: 40% Special Events, 32% Foundations, 11% Individuals, 10% Portland Children's Levy, 7% Corporate
  • Religious Affiliation: None