For more than 15 years, Friends of the Children NY has used an innovative model to change the lives of New York City's highest-priority youth.
The results we have achieved reached a new level of recognition today as we are honored to announce that basketball legend Michael Jordan has made a multi-million dollar donation to the National Friends of the Children network. As the Executive Director of Friends of the Children – New York, I want to share my excitement for this amazing news from our national organization and what it means for children across our city.
Michael's donation will have an enormous, generational impact in many ways on the work we are doing every day at Friends of the Children NY and opens new doors of opportunity for the Achievers we are dedicated to serving. His commitment to the value of mentorship grows out of the role that mentors have played in his own life.
If you ask Michael what sowed the seeds of his success, he’s quick to give credit to his mentors, especially his father and his college coach, Dean Smith. So, when Jordan heard about Friends of the Children, a national nonprofit that pairs youth facing the highest risks with a salaried, professional mentor (a Friend) from kindergarten through graduation, he was sold. Jordan announced today that he is making a multimillion-dollar investment in the organization with the donation of his proceeds from his upcoming ESPN Films and Netflix documentary series, “The Last Dance.”
“What stood out to me about Friends of the Children was that they employ and train their mentors and that they commit to every child for 12 1⁄2 years,” says Jordan. “That dedication is important to me. My mentors believed in me and taught me the power of perseverance. I want youth in Friends of the Children to see that they have that same potential.”
Friends of the Children NY's core provides one-on-one, full-time professional mentors to the most vulnerable children in NYC to help them navigate all aspects of life starting from kindergarten all the way through to high school graduation. Each child in our program develops a close relationship with their personal mentor who helps them with everything from managing their school work to dealing with personal and home life problems and helping to give them access to opportunities and experiences that expand their worldview and personal growth.
We encourage you to join Michael Jordan’s support of the network by contributing to our youth locally. As of now, we have made our 12-year promise to over 170 children across 60 schools in Harlem and the South Bronx. That translates to over 2,720 hours per month of enriching interactions and goal-oriented skill building from salaried, professional mentors guaranteed to establish a foundation for lifelong success.
Together, we can truly make a generational difference in the Harlem and South Bronx area by continuing to support the children in our community who need us the most.
Join alongside donors like Michael Jordan in supporting our mission