February 07, 2023

Meeting with elected officials to grow youth mentoring.

Friends of the Children is always excited to talk about our long-term, paid professional mentorship program for youth. We recently had the opportunity to share stories of incredible youth and the impact of Friends of the Children model with elected officials in Utah and in Washington DC.

Last week we had the honor of speaking to the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee at the Utah State Legislature. We shared our research-based model that Friends of the Children was founded on — and it all boils down to one important factor: a long-term, nurturing relationship with a consistent and caring adult. Our Family Engagement Specialist, Ashley Hancock, talked about our two-generation approach to services; simultaneously addressing the needs of caregivers and children. We'd like to thank Senator Luz Escamilla for being a consistent champion for children and families in our community!

Additionally, Friends-Utah Executive Director Kelsey Lewis was busy in Washington DC. She joined Duncan Campbell, Founder, and with Friends of the Children leaders from nearly 30 communities representing youth from more than 500 schools across the U.S., who called on Members of Congress to prioritize policies that support youth with great potential who are facing systemic inequities and barriers.

Friends of the Children - Utah is thrilled to join with sites across our network to share stories of youth and the impact of the Friends of the Children model in the communities we serve.