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Friends of the Children
Friends of the Children (FOTC) is a pioneering, research-based youth development and mentoring organization whose mission is to help the nation's highest risk children develop the relationships, goals and skills necessary to break the cycles of poverty, abuse and violence.
FOTC provides the most vulnerable children with professional mentors for twelve years, from kindergarten through high school graduation, guiding them to become healthy and contributing members in their communities. Specifically, this work strengthens each child’s ability to: 1) succeed in school with a minimum of a high school diploma or GED; 2) avoid involvement in the juvenile justice system; and 3) avoid early parenting.
Impact and Outcomes
92% of their youth attend school regularly; 85% of graduates earned a high school diploma or GED; more than 50% of their youth have a parent that did not complete high school.
97% of their youth are not involved in the juvenile justice system despite at least 60% having one or more parents who have been incarcerated.
98% of their adolescents avoid early parenting despite at least 60% having been born to a teen mother.
What Major Funders Say
Friends of the Children has received a 1:1 match donation of $150,000 from an anonymous donor through 2013.