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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Resource Coordinator

Portland, OR

Organizational Overview: Friends of the Children’s goal 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 socioemotional assets and the skills to succeed in postsecondary and career. We are seeking a talented Resource Coordinator to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals. Position Overview: The Reso ...

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Education Assessment Program Manager

Portland, OR

Basic Function:    The Education Assessment Program Manager is responsible for supervising, guiding and supporting the Friends under their direction.  The Education Assessment Program Manager is a role model and mentor for Friends, acts as a team facilitator and organizational motivator, and facilitates effective communication in all directions.   An Education Assessment Program Manager must know, understand, honor and support ...

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Human Resources Specialist

Portland, OR

Calling all HR pros who want to give back to your community as you exercise your HR chops… Friends of the Children – Portland has an exciting opportunity for a multi-tasking guru who loves human resources and all the important administrative tasks associated with it. Our current amazing HR Specialist is relocating, so this rare opening is available. The HR Specialist will partner closely with and report to the Human Resources Manager while enjoying a wide variety of in ...

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Bi-lingual Education Program Coordinator

Portland, OR

Basic Function / Position Objective: The Bi-lingual Program Coordinator will work with Friends, youth, families, and schools to identify issues that may present barriers to school success for Spanish Speaking families.  They will help families to gain the understanding, tools, and resources to address the barriers.  The position will build and facilitate programming and processes to support school attendance, engage and empower families, provide a link to resour ...

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Group Program Coordinator

Portland, OR

The Group Program Coordinator reports to the Group Programming Manager and plays a critical role in our mission and strategic goals, ensuring high quality group-based programming that complements the 1:1 mentoring relationships at the core of the Friends model. Our vision is to utilize group programming as a vehicle for: Increasing youth voice and leadership in our organizational initiatives. Providing community building opportunities to ...

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Professional Male Mentor

Portland, OR

Organizational Overview: In June 2019, Friends of the Children, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving the most vulnerable youth in our community, will select our second class of youth. We are seeking talented Professional Mentors (“Friends”) with experience working with youth from high-risk environments and confidence in understanding and navigating systems (DHS, Schools, Mental Health) to join our diverse team of ...

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Professional Female Mentor

Portland, OR

Organizational Overview: In June 2019, Friends of the Children, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving the most vulnerable youth in our community, will select our second class of youth. We are seeking talented Professional Mentors (“Friends”) with experience working with youth from high-risk environments and confidence in understanding and navigating systems (DHS, Schools, Mental Health) to join our diverse team of de ...

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