OUR PROGRAM

Friends of the Children provides Portland’s most vulnerable children with intensive and long-term mentors. We take a preventive, early intervention approach that breaks the cycle of poverty and abuse by helping children in need overcome the many obstacles in their lives.

There are three key elements that make Friends of the Children so unique:

*We mentor the children in our community who need us the most.
*Our mentors (called Friends) are full-time, paid and professionally trained.
*We make a twelve and a half year (12 ½) commitment to each child, selecting them in kindergarten and guiding them through high school graduation.

In partnership with schools, children are identified for the program during an extensive six-week selection process during the spring semester of kindergarten. Selection factors include a low level of family resources, poor performance in school, poor social skills, and high instances of poverty and violence in the neighborhood where our children live.

Once selected, the child is assigned to a Friend. This Friend will spend an average of 16 hours per month with the child both in and out of school engaging him or her in a wide range of academic and enrichment activities designed to build basic life skills, self confidence, academic success and resiliency.

The activities that Friends and children do together are unique to the child’s individual needs, abilities, interests and talents. Friends engage in activities with our children that foster social and emotional development, making positive choices and school success, as well as nurture each child’s passions and talents. These activities take place in the child’s school, home and community, and may include working on homework, cooking healthy foods, practicing an instrument, playing sports, performing community service, visiting the library, museum, OMSI or attending a concert. We introduce our children to positive options for their life and extend their community of support.

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Donor Relations Officer

Portland, OR

Organizational Overview: Friends of the Children’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty for the highest priority youth in our community through a 12 ½ year program that emphasizes development of socio-emotional assets and the skills to succeed in post-secondary and career. We are seeking a motivated Donor Relations Officer to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals. Friends of the Children is at an exciting point in ...

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Outreach and Graduate Success Coordinator

Portland, OR

Summary of Position and Project Goal: Due to increased requests in the East Portland area, Friends of the Children has relocated to respond to the effects of gentrification on Portland's low-­‐ income communities. The goal of the VISTA project is to support increased self-­‐ sufficiency for Friend's Program Graduates by reaching out to communities in East Portland, and provide resources and support to Friends youth, during the transition out of the Friends program. Based on the work of our yea ...

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Postsecondary Access Coordinator

Portland, OR

Summary of Position: The College Access Corps Coordinator will serve at Friends of the Children-­‐ Portland. The primary function will be to recruit and train college students from our campus to act as college access coaches to economically disadvantaged youth in local community schools. The College Corps member will also recruit volunteers for National Days of Service. Corps member will also recruit volunteers for National Days of Service. Responsibilities and R ...

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Professional Male Mentor

Portland, OR

Friends of the Children Basic Function: A Friend works intensively with eight (8) children as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting and sustained relationship with each child. For each child, a Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote their strengths, talents and abilities; help assure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavio ...

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Professional Female Mentor

Portland, OR

Friends of the Children Basic Function: A Friend works intensively with eight (8) children as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting and sustained relationship with each child. For each child, a Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote their strengths, talents and abilities; help assure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior. A Friend will ...

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