Our Friends clocked 75,924 hours of time spent directly with youth
last year. That's over 200 hours every day of intentional mentoring,
skill-building, academic support and advocacy for youth across the
Portland/Vancouver metro area.
On average, a Friend will spend 3.5 hours per week working with each
of their youth. Why is this significant, you may ask? Well, a Friend can
have anywhere from eight to ten youth in their caseload, meaning a
single Friend can spend as much as 35 hours per week, providing direct
service to youth. And much of this time is logged after kids get out of
school for the day, or even on weekends.
When a Friend is not doing that, they might be busy recording
services or tracking a youth's progress in our database, checking-in
with their supervisor to problem solve a particularly difficult
situation, meeting with other Friends in a team setting to plan group
outings or enrichment opportunities or even participating in the
intense six to eight week observation period where the kindergarteners who face multiple systemic obstacles are selected to be enrolled into the program for the
next 12+ years.
Being a Friend is definitely not your typical 9 to 5 job.
A Friends’ primary objective is to show up and be 100 percent present for
their youth each and every time they see them. Take Professional
Mentor/Friend Rath, for example. She spends her days balancing precious
time with different youth and other duties. Watch the video below to get
a behind the scenes look at what A Day in the Life of a Friend is