We believe generational change happens one story at a time.

George's Story

"He's no longer in survivor mode, he is a little boy now." - Jorge, George's Friend

Planting Seeds of Change in Austin

Long-term commitments form the basis of a new program's aim to break the cycle of poverty in Austin

The Power of One

Every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has dreams of doing big things.Any child in any situation can succeed, even those facing the most obstacles

When Mentors Commit From Kindergarten Through High School Graduation

Friends Chicago is featured on Chicago's NPR

New Research: For families impacted by foster care, Friends of the Children’s model is promising solution

New York Times

Charity Finds Success in Work With At-Risk Children, but It's Costly

Relationships with caring adults can heal childhood trauma

​By Terri Sorensen, President, Friends of the Children

Austin Woman Magazine: A Legacy of Philanthropy

New-to-Austin nonprofit Friends of the Children strives to break the generational cycle of poverty by providing East Austin youth with a mentor for life.

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 Business Journal:

Kids' mentoring program expands to Austin, thanks in part to Vista Equity exec

New Study Shows Substantial Behavioral Improvements in Friends of the Children Participants

During five-year study, Friends of the Children participants had less trouble in school, and parents and caregivers observed more positive behavior

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