Children growing up in homes with violence, criminal behavior, drug abuse and poverty are at risk to become adults who live the same way. Why are some children able to break out of the cycle and become strong contributors to society?
Studies of resiliency in children show that a strong adult mentor who is consistently available to support them makes the difference. Friends of the Children provides our community’s most vulnerable children with full-time, paid, professionally trained mentors (called Friends) to ensure that each child has a positive, consistent and supportive adult in his or her life. They begin working with children in Kindergarten and continue to support them for 12 1/2 years, through high school graduation.
With more than 300 children in Portland receiving guidance, support and mentoring from Friends of the Children, this organization is poised to break the cycle of poverty, crime and drug use for a critical population. SVP’s investment in developing their infrastructure and capacity, helped Friends of the Children double its service and multiply its impact further—without doubling its overhead.
Learn about our success with Friends of the Children: