Fotc -- Los Angeles

Generational Change, One Child at a Time

aka Friends L.A.   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  FriendsLA.org

Mission

Friends of the Children commits salaried, professional mentors to children facing the most obstacles, from kindergarten through graduation, 12+ years – no matter what, to break cycles of systems involvement and generational poverty.

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

Jorie Das

Main address

672 South La Fayette Park Pl. #32

Los Angeles, CA 90057 USA

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EIN

82-3166229

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Professional Mentorship

Friends of the Children identifies children between ages 4-6 facing the most obstacles, and pairs them with a professional, full-time salaried mentor -- a "Friend" -- who empowers them from kindergarten through high school graduation for 12+ years, no matter what. Friend's spend an intentional 16 hours a month with each child providing them with intensive mentoring to ensure they're on track to lead successful and meaningful lives.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth mentored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Professional Mentorship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

95% retention rate.

Hours of mentoring

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Professional Mentorship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Tallies 12 hours/month x 114 children. As part of our 12-year journey with our families, each child gets 12-16 hours of 1:1 support each month, leading to 1,700+ hours of mentorship in their lifetime!

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Too many children touch the foster care system. More than 30,000 children in foster care in L.A. County places our region first in the nation. Generation after generation, children, and families find themselves stuck in poverty. Particularly for the thousands of children and families at risk of experiencing foster care – and the thousands for whom foster care does become a harsh reality – the problem of poverty is amplified by a myriad of factors that include inadequate public systems, under-resourced schools, criminal justice, hunger, and homelessness. These children and families who experience trauma or who face great adversity encounter a lack of equity and opportunity, and most of the services available lack the intensity and duration needed to change their life trajectories. There are many efforts underway to keep children in safe, loving homes with parents and caregivers. In recognition of the many areas of need, we launched the L.A. chapter to provide a new, innovative method to prevent child entry into foster care.

Historically, Friends L.A.’s “continuum of care” through 2Gen was comprised of a range of separate referral resources to outside programs to meet distinct needs. Today, we envision a more holistic approach to supporting young people to make investments in their lives—Friends LA’s new 2Gen approach is a program comprised of integrated service components that together will move youth and families toward long-term stability. These services will assist youth in the attainment of the organizational outcomes described previously: housing stability, a system of support, financial stability, and wellness. We have established three strategic priorities that bolster our capacity to support more youth and families with our 2Gen Model.

1: Strategic Priority 1: Scale New and Existing Locations
2: Strategic Priority 2: Grow 2Gen Impact
3: Strategic Priority 3: Scale Collaborative Partnerships Through Systems Change

Each of the initiatives outlined as a Strategic Priority is focused on a specific aspect of Friends L.A.’s service delivery system or organizational functioning. Taken together, they will result in a streamlined and efficient program experience in an environment that allows the organization, staff, children, and families to focus their time, energy, and resources on the achievement of long-term stability for participants. We will maintain and strengthen our core services by building on our experience and expertise, proven best practices, and continuous learning.

Chief among our priorities is ensuring we fulfill our promise to all the children and parents currently receiving support and scheduled for enrollment in the coming years. With regional sites in both Antelope Valley and South L.A., we are looking to sustain and scale our chapter across the county in child welfare hotspots by leveraging an infusion of private and public capital to pair as many deserving children with a Friend.

We recognize that the large-scale initiatives outlined for significant investment by all our stakeholders: staff to shift how they work individually and as teams, and leadership to manage clear performance metrics in all areas of the organization. We ask our friends and supporters in the community to join us in our commitment to a better future for our young people, to champion our growth, and to invest in the next generation of Friends L.A.

Friends of the Children—Los Angeles (Friends LA) proactively selects children ages 4-6 facing the most significant barriers to future success. Using a rigorous process, validated by research as effective for identifying children facing the greatest obstacles, we select children with the help of providers within the child welfare community. We provide children and families with intensive, individualized guidance from full-time, highly trained, salaried mentors (called Friends) for 12+ years. From ages 4-6 through graduation - no matter what. Our model is premised on years of research, showing that relationships with stable, caring adults – both positive parenting and the practice of mentoring -- can prevent and mitigate childhood trauma, increase the parent and caregivers’ knowledge of their child’s development, improve parent-child relationships, and prevent entry into foster care.

Financials

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Fotc -- Los Angeles

Board of directors
as of 1/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Peter Lizotte


Board co-chair

Mary Jo Johnson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.