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Expanding Our Impact in SW Washington
Over the past 25 years, we have grown to an organization of 82 employees and 510 youth who are spread across 120 different schools in the Columbia-Willamette region, all within a 30-mile radius of our NE Portland headquarters. The second-largest population of youth we serve are in SW Washington. Our mentors currently provide one-on-one mentoring to 43 youth who attend 18 schools in the Vancouver, Evergreen and Battle Ground School Districts.
The number of children in SW Washington in need of a Friend continues to grow. We have decided to put down roots and expand our presence in SW Washington. This spring has been busy!
• We selected 17 new Kindergarteners from Washington and Roosevelt Elementary Schools in the Vancouver Public Schools.
• We have rented our first space in Vancouver where Friends and youth will gather to do homework, learn to make healthy snacks and play.
• A newly formed Advisory Council will provide strategic advice to help us in planning for future scaling of the Friends of the Children program in SW Washington.
Across the three Clark County school districts that our youth attend, we estimate that roughly 6,600 youth deal with overlapping barriers and traumas that would qualify them for our program. In response to the high need and the rapid changes in Clark County, we are eager to deepen our engagement and continue strengthening our relationships with the school districts and community partners with a solid foundation of support.
Photo Caption: Friends often visit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library after school where they eat snacks and work on their homework and reading, before packing up and heading to the park to play.
Interested in learning how you can get involved? Please contact Allison Pauletto, Director of Development & Marketing.