Generational poverty can be broken. We've been doing it for over 20 years.
Children born into poverty are at risk for dropping out of school, substance abuse, incarceration and teen parenting. We provide a salaried, professional mentor, called a Friend, for their entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. 12.5 years. No matter what.
We select children facing the highest risks. We help them change their stories.
83% of our youth graduate high school.
93% avoid the juvenile justice system.
98% avoid early parenting.
We commit to each child for the long-term. 12.5 years. No matter what.
EACH CHILD IS PAIRED WITH A SALARIED, PROFESSIONAL MENTOR CALLED A FRIEND.
We believe generational change happens one story at a time.
L.A. County awards contract to Friends-L.A. to support children and families in the Antelope Valley
Children selected for program will be paired with a salaried, professional mentor (a Friend) from kindergarten through high school graduation
How it all started in LA
Friends of the Children awarded $1.75 million grant from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Grant will support a 2Gen pilot that will provide children of parents aging out of foster care with salaried, professional mentors for 12 ½ years