'Friends of the Children' is a non-profit organization that is working to break the cycle of generational poverty. Across the US, many children are born into poverty with few opportunities for upward mobility. This organization works with children on a long-term basis in order to help break the poverty cycle.
Friends of the Children operates under the assumption that long-term mentorship is the key to breaking the generational poverty cycle. To achieve this goal, the organization works with children for a period of 12.5 years to mentor those who are most in need. The children identified as most at risk are those in foster care, those who have a parent who is incarcerated or those who currently live in extreme poverty. After identify those at risk of repeating the poverty cycle, the mentors work to help the child graduate and avoid issues such as teen pregnancy or time in the juvenile justice system.
By looking for a long-term solution rather than a quick fix, Friends of the Children demonstrates a different way of helping children living in poverty.