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Founding History

How it all began in New York

The Friends model was brought to New York in 2002 by Howard Clyman and Kathie Roberts. Howard’s work of representing youth involved in the criminal justice system inspired him to bring a preventative program to NYC. We began with 3 Friends serving 24 children in Harlem. Today Friends of the Children reaches youth in Harlem and the South Bronx. Our successful model has grown to 15 locations across the country.