Friends of the Children-Portland
Time and relationships are the most valuable resources we have, and that is what Friends of the Children-Portland promises to the youth we walk alongside. We’ve taken mentoring out of the volunteer realm and offer 1:1 guidance from full-time, salaried, professional mentors who we call Friends.
Our mission: Impacting generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors – 12+ years, no matter what.
Bottom Line for Portland
We offer wrap=around support to the youth we serve by building long-term relationships and providing experiences that enrich their journey through life. We provide research-based, healing-centered services that mitigate trauma and promote well-being, in every area of life.
In a 2022 caregiver survey, caregivers shared that mentors go above and beyond to help families, like connecting them to services, assisting parents through custody disagreements, communicating with divorced parents respectfully, and assisting with children’s emotional regulation. The impact of the mentors was described by one caregiver as a “domino effect” – the Friend created a positive difference in the child’s life, which then made a positive difference in the caregiver’s life.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We acknowledge the historical and present injustices impacting marginalized communities. We demand equity from ourselves and from our community. We insist that all people have the necessary support to achieve all of their hopes and dreams. We amplify the voices of our children, families and communities. We bring together different experiences, skills and backgrounds to provide opportunities to overcome personal, systemic and institutional barriers.
2021 incentives were mailed to donors along with their acknowledgment letter.