January 28, 2019
Friends of the Children Model Profiled in New York Times
The New York Times highlights Friends of the Children's success and growth over the past 3 years.
As Friends of the Children NY prepares to embark upon a new chapter of organizational growth, Friends of the Children as a national model is being recognized for the success of its long-term model in a New York Times editorial piece. Nationally recognized and locally driven, Friends of the Children has received accolades for their work with at-risk youth across the nation.
Duncan Campbell started Friends of the Children in 1993, inspired by a desire to give back to at-risk youth who faced a difficult life, filled with the challenges that he had growing up. Duncan recognized the value of a long-term intention relationship for a child who faced multiple risk factors, and the impact that a core model could have on communities throughout the country. After working to develop the core model in Portland Oregon, Duncan worked with a small team of hard working, entrepreneurial minded directors to expand the model to 15 cities across the U.S.
In each city, the model serves as a framework for thought leaders and advocates to develop a local approach to serving local issues. “When we go to new cities, as long as they keep the core, we’re willing to let them experiment with it,” Mr. Campbell said. “It’s fidelity to the model versus learning and adapting over the past 25 years.” With that approach, and the support and expertise of an active board of directors, Friends of the Children NY has developed our own approach to serving NYC's most at-risk youth.