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Our Method

The core purpose of Friends LA is to keep families together. We proactively select children ages 4-6 facing the most significant barriers to future success.

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Our Model

Our unique 2Gen approach allows us to impact generational poverty and support families by providing full-time, salaried mentors (Friends) for 12+ years, no matter what.

While there are many programs for vulnerable children, very few programs offer a long-term, individualized, and comprehensive approach for children in the highest-risk environments. Of these, even fewer programs deliver outcomes that break the cycle of poverty.

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Our Outcomes

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92% of youth go on to enroll in post-secondary education, serve our country or enter the workforce.


83% of youth receive their high school diploma or GED.

Juvenile Justice

93% of youth remain free from involvement in the juvenile justice system.


98% of youth wait to parent until after their teen years.