Because we are Friends, our commitment to our youth is unwavering. Our Founder, Duncan Campbell, established a simple formula for Friends: "Be with our youth. Be with each other. Be ourselves." Because we are Friends, we have taken this simple, yet powerful, practice into the virtual realm of mentorship. We continue to show up for our youth each week, no matter what. In a time like this, our friendships can make all the difference.
We can do this life-changing work because of your generosity and commitment to our youth, and because we are Friends. Please, make a gift today and double your impact! Your support will make generational change possible, one friendship at a time.
The first $25,000 raised will be matched by a generous donor.
Friends of the Children-Portland has been successful in breaking the cycles of generational poverty for 27 years. Youth are selected in kindergarten through a rigorous, eight-week evaluation process and paired with a full-time, salaried, professional mentor until graduation. Our mentors, called Friends, are highly trained in working with youth who live at the intersection of poverty and trauma. We help our youth navigate the systemic barriers so they can realize their dreams. We are relentless so our youth can be resilient.
Impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors—12+ years, no matter what.
We envision a world where all youth are empowered to dream big and build bright futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.
92% of youth go on to enroll in post-secondary education, serve our country or enter the workforce.
95% of youth remain free from juvenile justice system involvement.
83% of youth earn a high school diploma or GED.
98% of youth wait to parent until after their teen years.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK: One of our long time Friends, Melissa Salazar loves to share her personal spark of art with the youth of Friends of the Children–Portland. As a part of our Youth Engagement and Empowerment programs, Melissa asked some program youth to draw a picture of what being a friend means to them. This collage, created by Justine Reimnitz, is a collection of their answers.
We envision a world where the cycle of poverty and disadvantage are broken and children are able to create a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities.