November 06, 2017
Austin Patch: Austin secures innovative ‘Friends of the Children’ mentoring program
City is one of just a handful nationwide to get the unique model — and the first ever in Texas — that will benefit East Austin children.
AUSTIN, TX — Officials on Tuesday unveiled the Austin chapter of Friends of the Children — a nonprofit that will provide vulnerable East Austin children with professional mentors from kindergarten through high school graduation.
Austin becomes the first city in Texas to open a Friends of the Children chapter, with other chapters announced in Central Oregon; Charlotte, N.C.; Los Angeles; and an expansion in Boston. The chapters were opened by virtue of a fundraising drive with matching grants, including a local campaign that raised $1.7 million toward the aim of securing the chapter.
All told, $2.5 million was raised to open the Austin Friends of the Children chapter, according to the program's officials. Terri Sorensen, president of Portland, Ore.-based Friends of the Children, said the expansion into Austin comes at a critical moment given myriad challenges faced by children targeted by the program.