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How It All Started in Fargo-Moorhead
Children in our community are facing great obstacles through no fault of their own. Parents and children need more support in order to break the cycle of generational poverty. This is why we are so thrilled that, due in large part to a catalytic $850,000 investment from the Stand Together Foundation, a new chapter of Friends of the Children has launched in the Fargo-Moorhead area in July 2019.
Friends of the Children is a national organization that invests in salaried, professional mentors (called "Friends") who stay with each child enrolled in the program from kindergarten through high school graduation – 12+ years, no matter what. Friends spend 3-4 hours a week with each child, teaching them the skills needed to do well in school, build healthy relationships and enter adulthood prepared to succeed. In partnership with several community organizations, we are identifying and selecting children ages 4-6 who we believe can thrive with the support of a Friend.