100&Change: 2020

Friends of the Children. Defying the Odds of Generational Poverty

Friends of the Children invests in salaried, professional mentors who build relationships with youth to achieve their hopes and dreams; 12.5 years, no matter what.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Human services
Current Work Location
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • Illinois, United States
  • California, United States
  • New York, United States
  • Oregon, United States
Proposed Work Locations:
  • Greater Accra Region, Ghana
  • Alaska, United States
  • Parish of Kingston, Jamaica
  • Michigan, United States
  • District of Columbia, United States
Priority Populations:
  • Children and youth
  • Multiracial people
  • At-risk youth
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary:

In 2018, one in five U.S. children lived in poverty. Extreme obstacles – generational school failure, parental substance use, incarceration, violence in the home and community, and teen pregnancy – create a cycle where children fail within education, behavioral health and foster care systems, and frequently land in the justice system. We provide these children with intensive, individualized guidance from full-time, salaried professional mentors (Friends) for 12.5 years, from Kindergarten - graduation. Friends of the Children (FOTC) is the solution to breaking the cycle of poverty and intergenerational repetition of low educational attainment, teen parenting, and criminality. FOTC empowers youth to move beyond their circumstances to become healthy, productive citizens. 100&Change will support FOTC growth by establishing 25 new chapters in highest-need communities. 1:1 national and local matching funds will support long-term sustainability. Every $1 invested in FOTC returns $7 to the community. The expansion ROI is $700 million.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Friends of the Children

website: http://www.friendsofthechildren.org
Organization Headquarters
Oregon, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$10 to $49 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
100 to 299

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