Generational poverty can be broken. We’ve been doing it for more than 25 years.

Children born into poverty are at risk for dropping out of school, substance abuse, incarceration, and teen parenting. We provide a salaried professional mentor, called a Friend, for their entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. 12+ years. No matter what.

Our Method

We select children facing the highest risks. We help them change their stories.

Our Model

We commit to each child for the long-term. 12+ years. No matter what.

Each child is paired with a salaried, professional mentor called a Friend.


Our model is unique.

Explore Our Model

The evidence is remarkable.

See The Evidence


We believe generational change happens one story at a time.

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