Friends for Youth

Friends for Youth

Friends for Youth's mission is to create high-quality mentoring relationships for the youth in California's San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that need them most.

Meeting the Needs of Youth Through Mentorship

Friends for Youth

Established in 1979, Friends for Youth supports underserved youth through meaningful mentorship relationships. In the decades since, Friends for Youth has served more than 2,000 students and boasts a 90% success rate in creating long-term mentoring partnerships, which significantly exceeds the national average of 33%. Friends for Youth's programs focus on academic achievement, health and wellness, positive youth development, prevention services, and self-sufficiency. The organization's original Mentoring Services program matches low-income youth between ages 8 -17 with mentors for direct, one-on-one services. In 2016, Friends for Youth established Connect, its group mentoring program based at Sequoia High School.

Friends for Youth has received critical acclaim for its highly effective model. In 1988, it created the Mentoring Institute to train and educate other organizations on the successful Friends for Youth model. Through this work, Friends for Youth ensures that youth across the country have access to the transformative power of dedicated and personalized mentorship services.

GRoW Support

1996

Programming - Stanford University/Community Youth Program Expansion

1995

Programming - Stanford University/Community Youth Program Expansion

1994

Programming - Stanford Friends Program

1993

Programming - Stanford University/Community Youth Program