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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Group Programming Manager

Portland, OR

Friends of the Children is based in positive relationships, building developmental assets and youth empowerment, all centered in racial equity.  If these statements and skills describe you, apply today! You are passionate about youth empowerment and community building. You are centered in racial equity.   You are energized by creating an environment that provides youth opportunities for leadership, community building, skill development, and exploration of their inter ...

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Senior Accountant

Portland, OR

We are seeking a Senior Accountant to join our extraordinary and fun-loving Finance Department. Do you have three to five years of financial accounting experience and have you mastered the basics of timely and accurate general ledger preparation, financial reporting, budgeting and planning? Are you flexible and ready to take on a wide range of accounting tasks? If so, please read on for some more information about our ideal candidate. You can perform multiple tasks with excell ...

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My Life Coach - Professional Female Mentor 11/2016

Portland, OR

Friends of the Children – Portland, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving high-risk children in our community, has an opportunity for an experienced My Life Coach to be a Professional Female Mentor, for a one year assignment.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work intensively with youth to develop trusting relationships, set positive expectations, nurture talents and abilities, and teach life and academic skills. We ...

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Professional Male Mentor - 10/2016

Portland, OR

Friends of the Children – Portland, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving high-risk children in our community, has current openings for Professional Mentors. This is a fantastic opportunity to work intensively with youth to develop trusting relationships, set positive expectations, nurture talents and abilities, and teach life and academic skills. We offer an exceptional early intervention/prevention program focusing on children in high poverty school ...

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