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.
Many of our children face poverty, homelessness, abuse and neglect, parental drug and alcohol abuse, parental incarceration and domestic violence. As a result of these challenges, many of our children move and change schools often. These children often fall through the cracks. This project enables children to form trusting, caring and sustained relationships with an adult that can truly change his or her life for the better.
There are three key elements that make Friends of the Children - Portland so unique: We mentor the children in our community who need us the most. Our mentors (called Friends) are full-time, paid and professionally trained. We make a twelve and a half year (12 ) commitment to each child, selecting them in kindergarten and guiding them through high school graduation. No matter what.
This project will help support 50 youth/Friend relationships. We stay with our children from kindergarten through their high school graduation date to provide the consistent, caring support they so clearly need. We help our children develop the relationships, goals and skills necessary to break the cycles of poverty, abuse and violence in order to become contributing member of our society and their community.