How do you break the cycle of generational poverty?

It takes a courageous and proven model.

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

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92% of youth go on to enroll in post-secondary education, serve our country or enter the workforce.


83% of youth receive their high school diploma or GED.

Juvenile Justice

93% of youth remain free from involvement in the juvenile justice system.


98% of youth wait to parent until after their teen years.


Friends Phoenix Land Acknowledgement

Friends of the Children - Phoenix humbly recognizes that our chapter operates on lands that have been the ancestral home of Indigenous peoples for countless generations. The Indigenous history of Phoenix, Arizona spans thousands of years, with the Hohokam culture leaving their mark through innovative irrigation systems. Presently, the region is home to various Native American tribes, notably the Akimel O'odham and the Tohono O'odham, who greatly contribute to the vibrant cultural tapestry of Phoenix. We hold deep reverence for the enduring connection between many Indigenous communities and their traditional lands, diligently cared for throughout history. Our commitment is to listen and collaborate with Indigenous voices, actively working towards a more inclusive and equitable society.

Check out the Native Land Map to learn more.