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How do you break the cycle of generational poverty?

It takes a courageous and proven model.

Our Method

We enroll children between the ages of 4-6 who face multiple systemic obstacles in L.A. County.

We amplify their voices as they write their own stories of hope and resilience.

Our Model

We commit to each child for the long-term. 12+ years, no matter what.

Each child is paired with a paid professional mentor called a Friend. Together, they build on age-appropriate developmental milestones to achieve positive personal growth and school success. We also provide support to their caregiver, giving a holistic approach to uplifting the entire family.

Our Outcomes

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.

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

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