Dates of Project: August 2005–February 2013
Friends of the Children provides long-term, relationship-focused mentoring to children facing very high risk of developing behavioral and health problems, such as delinquency, academic failure, and teen parenthood. Children enter the program in kindergarten and receive 12 years of intensive, individualized guidance from full-time, salaried mentors.
Description: Between August 2005 and February 2013, RWJF provided three grants totaling some $2.2 million to support the expansion, replication, and evaluation of the model. Friends of the Children used one of its grants to build organizational capacity and the second to provide supplementary support for a rigorous evaluation of the model (the Child Study), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2008 to 2013. The third grant also supported the Child Study and was awarded to the study’s research team, based at the Oregon Social Learning Center.