We select children who face multiple systemic obstacles. We amplify their voices as they write their own stories of hope and resilience.
We commit to each child for the long-term.
12+ years, no matter what.
Each child is paired with a paid professional mentor called a Friend.
92% of youth go on to enroll in post-secondary education, serve our country or enter the workforce.
83% of youth receive their high school diploma or GED.
93% of youth remain free from involvement in the juvenile justice system.
98% of youth wait to parent until after their teen years.
FriendsPDX Land Acknowledgement
Multnomah County is located on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Cowlitz bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, Willamette Tumwater, and many other Indigenous nations of the Columbia River. This is stolen land, and it is our duty to continue to honor and center the first peoples of this region.