How do you break the cycle of generational poverty?

It takes a courageous and proven model.

Our Method

We select children who face multiple systemic obstacles. We amplify their voices as they write their own stories of hope and resilience.

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Our Model

Each child is paired with a paid professional mentor.

We commit to each child for the long-term— 12+ years, no matter what.

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Our Outcomes

3 Es

92% of youth go on to enroll in post-secondary education, serve our country or enter the workforce.


83% of youth earn a high school diploma or a GED.

Juvenile Justice

93% of youth remain free from juvenile justice system involvement.


98% of youth wait to parent until after their teen years.

Friends of the Children-SF Bay Area Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the land Friends of the Children-SF Bay Area works, learns, and plays on is the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. We recognize the Indigenous stewards of this land and know that as guests, we benefit from working, learning, and playing on their unceded homelands. Please join us in honoring the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples of past, present, and future who continue to steward Mother Earth.

In accordance with Friends of the Children’s value of Demand Equity and our core asset of Self Determination, we affirm the sovereignty of the Ramaytush Ohlone community.