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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Human Resources Manager 7-2018

Portland, OR

Friends of the Children - Portland is looking for an extraordinary HR professional to join our team. Are you flexible and ready to take on a wide range of HR responsibilities? Is working for an organization that inspires you a critical aspect of your career? Are you committed to diversity, equity and inclusion? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you. Organizational Overview Friends of the Children’s goal is to break the cycle of gener ...

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Group Programming Manager-6.29.18

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 Group Programming Manager to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals. Friends of the Children is at an exciting point in o ...

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Grant Writer - 6.19.2018

Portland, OR

Friends of the Children-Portland is seeking a talented writer to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals. We welcome a wide range of candidates including those that are well seasoned in securing grant funding, as well as those who are early in their career, so long as they are able to apply persuasive writing and communication skills to the grant proposal process. Friends of the Children-Portland is part of a national network of sites serving youth in nine stat ...

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Professional Female Mentor - SW Washington 4.2018

Portland, OR

Make a Difference in the Southwest Washington Community, Join Friends of the Children! Organizational Overview: In June 2018, Friends of the Children, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving most vulnerable youth in our community, will select our second class of youth from Vancouver, Washington. We are seeking a talented Professional Female Mentor (Friend) with experience working with youth fro ...

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Professional Male Mentor - SW Washington 4.2018

Portland, OR

Make a Difference in the Southwest Washington Community, Join Friends of the Children! Organizational Overview: In June 2018, Friends of the Children, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving most vulnerable youth in our community, will select our second class of youth from Vancouver, Washington. We are seeking a talented Professional Male Mentor (Friend) with experience working with youth from ...

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Professional Male Mentor - 4.2018

Portland, OR

Make a Difference in the Community, Join Friends of the Children! Organizational Overview: Friends of the Children is seeking a talented Professional Male Mentor (Friend) with experience working with youth from high risk environments to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals.  Friends of the Children’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty for the highest priority youth in our commu ...

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Professional Female Mentor - Foster Care Youth 4.2018

Portland, OR

Make a Difference in the Community, Join Friends of the Children! Organizational Overview: Friends of the Children is seeking a talented Professional Female Mentor (Friend) with experience working with youth from high risk environments, and a strong knowledge of the child welfare system, to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals. This position will serve on a team of professional mentors dedicated to ser ...

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