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.

Our Method

We select children facing the highest risks. We help them change their stories.

83% of our youth graduate high school.


Although 60% have parents who did not.

93% avoid the juvenile justice system.


Although 50% have parents who were incarcerated.

98% avoid early parenting.


Although 85% were born to a teen parent.

OUR MODEL

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.

Our model is unique.

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The evidence is remarkable.

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Stories

We believe generational change happens one story at a time.

Recognition

Award-Winning Documentary Series The Visionaries to Feature Friends of the Children

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