$60,213 raised from 165 donors
Goal: $30,000 from donors
Friends of the Children – Portland


We took mentoring out of the volunteer realm and it is changing lives. Our mentors are full-time, salaried professionals who work 1:1 with our community’s highest-priority youth from kindergarten through high school graduation. 12 ½ years—no matter what.

Bottom Line for Portland

Over 500 youth across 120 schools receive intensive, long-term mentorship. That translates to 7,500 hours per month of enriching interactions and goal-oriented skill building, guaranteed to establish a foundation for lifelong success. 83% of our youth graduate high school, 93% avoid the juvenile justice system, and 98% avoid early parenting.

“When kids are selected in kindergarten, I feel like it gives them a new shot at success. When I talk to the parents, I always tell them their child won the golden ticket. I tell them that, based on the experiences I’ve seen, it turns kids’ lives around.”

—Rebecca Chase, former principal of Lincoln Park Elementary School

Business Partners

All donations will be matched up to $25,000 thanks to an anonymous supporter! Donors at $25+ will receive one free margarita and donors at $50+ will receive two free margaritas from Cha Cha Cha. Donors at $100+ will also be entered to win a one-night stay at Hotel Lucia and gift certificate to Imperial Restaurant.