Friends of the Children – Boston
Friends of the Children is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing youth facing the toughest challenges with 12.5 years of relentless professional mentoring from kindergarten to high school graduation, no matter what. The Friends of the Children model was developed in Portland, OR in 1993, built around a simple idea: enter the lives of children who face the toughest challenges early and provide them with a dedicated, caring adult who stays by their side. Friends of the Children-Boston was founded in 2004 as an independent 501(c)(3) using that same national model. They were the first organization established in Boston by the GreenLight Fund, a venture philanthropy firm that brings innovative nonprofits from around the nation to Boston.