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Friends of the Children
Friends of the Children 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.
Friends of the Children provides the most vulnerable children with salaried, professional mentors (Friends) for 12 ½ 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
83% of graduates earn a high school diploma or GED, although 60% have a parent who did not.
93% of Friends youth avoid the juvenile justice system, although 50% have parents who were incarcerated.
98% of Friends adolescents avoid early parenting, although 85% were born to a teen parent.