Generational poverty can be broken. We've been doing it for over 25 years.

Children born into poverty are at risk for dropping out of school, substance abuse, incarceration and teen parenting. We provide a salaried, professional mentor, called a Friend, for their entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. 12.5 years. No matter what.

Our Method

We select children facing the highest risks. We help them change their stories.


83% of our youth graduate high school.


95% have avoided the juvenile justice system.


98% wait until adulthood to start a family.


We commit to each child for the long-term. 12 ½ years. No matter what.

Each child is paired with a salaried, professional mentor called a Friend.


Our model is unique.

Explore Our Model


The evidence is remarkable.

See The Evidence


We believe generational change happens one story at a time.


Portland Business Journal's Most Admired Nonprofit

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Winner of the Social Impact Exchange's Business Plan Competition

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The Social Impact Exchange's Top 100 Non-Profits Creating Social Change

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