83% of our youth graduate high school
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.
We select children facing the highest risks. We help them change their stories.
98% of our youth avoid early parenting
92% of our youth enroll in post-secondary education, serve our country, or enter the workforce
93% of our youth avoid the juvenile justice system
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.
We believe generational change happens one story at a time.
Veteran nonprofit leader Nita Smith named executive director of Friends of the Children–Tampa Bay
Smith brings more than 30 years of youth advocacy and nonprofit management experience to the new chapter
How It All Began
The New York Times features Friends of the Children
"Investing in the At-Risk for the Long Term"