Faithful Friends - St. Louis


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Faithful Friends - St. Louis

  1. 1. Friends Today – Friends Tomorrow – Friends Forever
  2. 2. What is Faithful Friends?  Faithful Friends– St. Louis is a non-profit organization that provides St. Louis’ most at-risk children with intensive and long- term mentors.  We take a preventive, early intervention approach that breaks the cycle of poverty and abuse by helping children in need overcome the many obstacles in their lives.
  3. 3. Our Mission:  Faithful Friends provides our community’s most vulnerable and challenged children a loving, caring, nurturing, and sustained relationship with a full-time, paid, professionally trained mentor (called a Friend) who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations in order that each child becomes a healthy, productive member of our community.  We begin working with children in Kindergarten and continue to support them through high school graduation. Friends will spend at least 4 hours a week with each child.
  4. 4. Our History:  Entrepreneur Duncan Campbell’s own troubled youth provided the impetus for founding Friends of the Children in 1993.  It began with three mentors (called Friends) serving 24 children in three northeast Portland, Oregon neighborhoods.  Today, more than 80 Friends are guiding, supporting and mentoring over 600 children in eight communities across the country.  Faithful Friends is a faith-based model of Friends of the Children, which began in 2006. Its only chapter is located in St. Louis, Missouri.
  5. 5. We Are Unique:  There are three key elements that make Faithful Friends so unique:  We mentor the children in our community who need us the most.  Our mentors (called Friends) are full-time, paid and professionally trained.  We make a twelve and a half year (12 ½) commitment to each child, selecting them in kindergarten and guiding them through high school graduation. (There is nothing a child can do to be kicked out of our program.)
  6. 6. A Little Bit About Our Kids:  Most of our children fall far below grade level in almost every subject area, so much of the one-on-one time is spent reading, working on homework, teaching study skills, etc.  Many of our children live in dangerous neighborhoods and some are not allowed to go out and play because it is not safe to be outside. Our mentors take the children to fun places like the Science Center, ice skating etc. Many of the children in our program went swimming in a pool for the first time during Summer Camp last summer.  Many of our children live in poverty and are the children of parents who are or have been incarcerated, teen parents or high school dropouts.
  7. 7. A Little Bit About Our Kids:  The majority of our children do not have a parent at home after school and live with a single parent, a guardian, grandparent, aunt or uncle or foster parent.  Many of our children have faced neglect and abuse.  Many of our children have seen crime firsthand, including violent crime.  Many of our children have anger issues they do not know how to deal with and often act out in school.  Our Friends (mentors) help our children understand the complex and difficult world around them and work with them to develop safe and productive ways to confront the issues they face in their day to day lives.
  8. 8. Three Goals Guide The Way:  We desire each of our children to have a bright future, and we believe they can. Our work is guided by three long-term goals that we set for each child in our program:
  9. 9. Goal 1  Successin school with a minimum of H.S. diploma (preferred) or GED Our Success Rate:  92% attend school regularly;  82% of our program graduates have earned a H.S. diploma or GED  more than 40% of our youth have a parent that did not complete high school
  10. 10. Goal 2  Avoid involvement in the juvenile justice system Our Success Rate:  92% have avoided the juvenile justice system  despite at least 60% having one or more parents who have been incarcerated
  11. 11. Goal 3  Avoid early parenting Our Success  98% of adolescents avoid early parenting  despite at least 60% having been born to a teen parent
  12. 12. Cost On the Economy  The cost for a child to be incarcerated for one year is 87,000  The yearly cost of a teen parent is 16,000  Theyearly cost for Faithful Friends is 9,200
  13. 13. Your Support:  We know that the program model works . . . one- on-one relationships developed at an early age with a long-term commitment made to each child. A secure, caring and sustained relationship is the master key which opens minds, creates opportunities and rekindles hope for the future.  Our desire is to change children's lives for the better . . . one child at a time, however we need help from people like you.
  14. 14. Your Support: I invite you to support us by doing one or more of the following:  Join us for one of our events  Volunteer  Financially contribute  Tell someone else about what Faithful Friends is doing.
  15. 15. Thank You! Thank you for helping us serve and save one child at a time!