Friends of the Children - New York | New York

Join us for Friends - New York’s Step Up Gala on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Who Are We?


Our Method

We select children who face multiple systemic obstacles. We amplify their voices as they write their own stories of hope and resilience.

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Our Model

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.

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Our Outcomes

3 Es

100% of youth in our program go on to enroll in post-secondary education, serve our country or enter the workforce

Long Term Outcome Graduation

91% of youth in our program earn a high school diploma or a GED

Juvenile Justice

95% of youth in our program remain free from juvenile justice system involvement


94% of youth in our program wait to parent until after their teen years


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Friends of the Children-New York Land Acknowledgement

In alignment with the values of Friends of the Children - New York, as an organization we acknowledge that our chapter is located on lands that were home to Indigenous people since time immemorial. Prior to the creation of the United States of America, this part of the continent was Turtle Island, the home of millions of diverse and thriving Indigenous people. We acknowledge and respect the inherent sovereignty and unique cultures of the first peoples of this land.