Friends of the Children-Detroit

Generational Change, One Child at a Time

Detroit, MI   |  https://friendsdetroit.org/

Mission

The mission of our organization is to end generational poverty, one child at a time. We do this through an intense research-based mentoring program that pairs paid professional mentors 1:1 with some of the most vulnerable children in the community, starting from ages 4-6 years old, until they graduate from high school, 12+ years, no matter what! Our three long-term goals are to ensure that every child graduates from high school or obtains a GED; prevent entry into the juvenile justice system; and prevent teenage pregnancy. We have a more than 80% success rate in each long-term goal in our national network. Our model is estimated to have a $7 Return on Investment (ROI) for $1 invested, according to a study conducted by Harvard University.

Ruling year info

2020

Interim Executive Director

Brittany Merritt

Main address

2470 Collingwood #309

Detroit, MI 48206 USA

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EIN

82-1577991

NTEE code info

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

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Our programs

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Professional Mentoring

Paid professional mentors are paired 1:1 with children and they meet with them four hours a week (two inside the classroom and two outside the classroom) with the goal to end generational poverty. We select youth who are among the most vulnerable in the community and have experienced several adverse childhood experiences, such as witnessed or experienced abuse, foster care, or have a parent who is incarcerated or has some form of mental illness or substance abuse.

We work with students on goal setting aligned with five core values: School Success; Prosocial Development; Improved Health; Making Good Choices, and Plans & Skills for the Future.

Our three long-term outcomes for children are to ensure they graduate from high school or obtain a GED, prevent entry into the juvenile justice system, and prevent teenage pregnancy.

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Friends of the Children-Detroit

Board of directors
as of 07/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Harry Cohen

Be the Sun, Not the Salt

Term: 2017 - 2021

Harry Cohen

Be the Sun, Not the Salt

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Decline to state
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