We believe generational change happens one story at a time.

Friends of the Children continues to garner national recognition for our courageous, unique, and proven model.

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

Gary Clemons named executive director of Friends of the Children–New York

Clemons brings leadership and vision to the city’s youth advocacy community, guided by his personal struggles and professional triumph

Relationships with caring adults can heal childhood trauma

Thomas G. Lee named executive director of Friends of the Children–Los Angeles

New chapter to provide salaried, professional mentors to children of youth who have been in foster care

Oregon's Most Admired

Most Admired Non-Profit in Oregon

New-to-Austin nonprofit Friends of the Children strives to break the generational cycle of poverty by providing East Austin youth with a mentor for life.

Austin Patch: Austin secures innovative ‘Friends of the Children’ mentoring program

City is one of just a handful nationwide to get the unique model — and the first ever in Texas — that will benefit East Austin children.

Austin Business Journal:

Kids' mentoring program expands to Austin, thanks in part to Vista Equity exec

Friends Announces New Open Competition to Grant $3 Million to Organizations Serving Youth Across the Nation

Friends is Launching a New Chapter in San Francisco and Doubling Youth Served in Seattle Area

Friends is featured in the Detroit Free Press

"It's something almost unheard-of: a program where mentors stick with kids unconditionally..."

PBS Special Features Friends of the Children

Show More