Eckerd Kids and Friends of the Children are working in partnership to provide our most vulnerable children in foster care with a full-time and long-term paid professional mentor, or Friend. The Friends of the Children model is a revolutionary mentoring program that is transforming lives.
Children in the program are selected in Kindergarten or first grade and continue working with their Friend through their high school graduation.
This program has proven success in many different areas, including:
High School Diploma or GED
Goal: Success in school with a minimum of a high school diploma (preferred) or GED
Program Success Rate: 83% of our 168 program graduates have earned a high school diploma or GED
Breaking the Cycle: More than 60% of our youth have a parent that did not complete high school
Juvenile Justice System
Goal: Avoid involvement in the juvenile justice system
Program Success Rate: 93% of adolescents have avoided becoming involved in the juvenile justice system
Breaking the Cycle: At least 50% of program participants have one or more parents who have been incarcerated
Goal: Avoid early parenting
Program Success Rate: 98% of adolescents have avoided early parenting
Breaking the Cycle: 85% of program participants were born to a teen parent