Working Upstream


Family of Friends creates networks of support early on, so kids and families build stronger links to their community and a greater chance at success.

Through long-term, individual and family-style mentoring, kids and families get more adult support and a chance to share their voice.  Volunteers get to share their time and experience, and everyone has fun while gaining a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Serving roughly 85 mentor-mentee matches per year, Family of Friends is funded primarily through private and public foundation grants and individual donations.

2016 Match of the Year

 Juan-Carlos and the Emery Family:  The Strength of Connection.  Click the video below to learn about their incredible story.

Family of Friends is a high quality mentoring program.

In 2014, Institute for Youth Success recognized Family of Friends as a high-quality program upon completion of IYS’s Quality-Based Mentoring Initiative. This initiative gives programs the opportunity to examine and improve their policies and procedures with one-on-one coaching from experts in the field. We are proud of this accomplishment and strive to continually improve our services. We are immensely grateful to the team at IYS for guiding us through this multi-year process. Click HERE to learn more about the Quality-Based Mentoring Initiative.

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