We select children who face multiple systemic obstacles. We amplify their voices as they write their own stories of hope and resilience.
We commit to each child for the long-term. 12+ years, no matter what.
Each child is paired with a paid professional mentor called a Friend.
92% of youth go on to enroll in post-secondary education, serve our country or enter the workforce.
83% of youth earn a high school diploma or a GED.
93% of youth remain free from juvenile justice system involvement.
98% of youth wait to parent until after their teen years.
Friends - Utah Land Acknowledgement
We acknowledge that this
land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homeland
of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, Navajo, and Ute Tribes. Friends of the
Children – Utah recognizes and respects the enduring relationship that exists
between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We are
grateful for the territory upon which we gather; we respect Utah’s Indigenous
Peoples, the original stewards of this land; and we value the sovereign
relationships that exist between tribal governments, state governments, and the
federal government. In offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm Indigenous
self-governance history, experiences, and resiliency of the Native people who
are still here today.