Friends of the Children Austin’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty. Our model is to achieve this goal through intentional relationship. Friends Austin provides professional, salaried, full-time mentors, called “Friends,” to kindergarten children facing the highest risks. The organization stays with those children for 12.5 years – no matter what. Friends Austin launched in 2017 and is the first and only professional mentoring organization in Austin. Friends of the Children has been serving vulnerable youth and families nationally for more than 25 years.
The Harvard Business School Association of Oregon showed that for every $1 invested in Friends of the Children, the community benefits over $7 in saved social costs. Helping one child saves the community $900,000!