We took mentoring out of the volunteer realm and it is changing lives. Our mentors are full-time, salaried professionals who work one to one with our community’s highest-priority youth from kindergarten through high school graduation—12½ years, no matter what.
Bottom Line for Portland
Over 500 youth across 150 schools receive intensive, long-term mentorship. Last year, mentors provided over 75,000 hours of enriching interactions and goal-oriented skill building, guaranteed to establish a foundation for lifelong success. Eighty-three percent of our youth graduate high school, 93 percent avoid the juvenile justice system, and 98 percent avoid early parenting.
All donations will be matched up to $25,000 thanks to an anonymous supporter! Donors at $25+ will receive a coupon for one free margarita or appetizer from Cha Cha Cha Taqueria. Donors at $50+ will also receive a coupon for one free Negroni at Renata.
“I strongly believe that if I didn’t have Friends of the Children, I would not be the person I am today. I have learned so many things that have helped me get to where I am now. It’s definitely a life-changing experience, and I’m forever grateful that they picked me!” —Irisa, program graduate