Generational poverty can be broken. We've been doing it for more than 25 years.

Children born into poverty are at risk for dropping out of school, substance abuse, incarceration and teen parenting. We provide a salaried, professional mentor, called a Friend, for their entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. 12.5 years. No matter what.

Our Method

We select children facing the highest risks. We help them change their stories.


We commit to each child for the long-term. 12.5 years. No matter what.

Each child is paired with a salaried, professional mentor called a Friend.


Our model is unique.

Explore Our Model

The evidence is remarkable.

See The Evidence


We believe generational change happens one story at a time.


Spectrum News’ In Focus highlights Friends of the Children Austin’s unique approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty:

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Less than half of Central Texas kindergarteners prepared for school in 2017; Friends of the Children Austin named as critical initiative:

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KVUE features Nancy Pollard on " Daybreak All-Stars"

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