Time's Running Out
There are only a few hours left to help out families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Gifts made today will be matched.
#GivingTuesdayNow is almost over. Only a few hours left to help our families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Gifts made today will be matched up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of a dedicated group of employees at William Blair and its matching gifts program.
Friends First Mentoring
Far too many children face limited opportunities for growth and experience repeated disappointment from adults. In response to this need in the community, we created the Friends First Mentoring Program. The program matches a child one-on-one with a well-trained volunteer mentor.
Need a Mentor?
At this time, all our mentee openings have been filled. Please fill out the contact form below to be added to the waitlist for the next available opportunity.
Become a Mentor
At this time, all our mentoring openings have been filled. Please fill out the contact form below to be added to the waitlist for the next available opportunity.
Mentoring Gives a Child Opportunities
Many underprivileged children have not ventured far outside their neighborhoods. Friends First outings range from a visit to an art museum to a stroll on a college campus to simply playing Frisbee in a park. Through connection with a trusted adult and exposure to activities, a child can develop a better vision for his or her future beyond the limited horizons that hold back far too many children.
Providing a Child a Trusted Friend
Every child craves one-on-one attention. With classrooms stretched, families burdened, and after school programs cut, many children like those we serve in the Friends First mentoring program lack this needed attention. Our Friends First mentors allow a child to ask questions, share insecurities, and seek advice from a trusted Friends First mentor.
Supporting a Child’s Family
The Friends First Mentoring Program offers support and referral services to families to help address the underlying challenges that impact many of our children and families.
A study by Public/Private Ventures concluded that children with mentors are less likely to start using drugs or alcohol, and are less likely to skip school. And thanks to the work of our volunteer mentors, we see these successes and more in the children we serve.