For years Friends of the Children, founded by Purpose Prize winner Duncan Campbell, has attracted attention and praise. And the kudos keep coming: The New York Times just showcased the organization which pays mentors to work with a small number of disadvantaged children for as long as 12 years for its impact.
Campbell himself suffered from a difficult childhood. His parents were alcoholics; his father had served time. Campbell wanted to help kids living through similar experiences. Friends of the Children, which he founded after his midlife career, connects at-risk youths (at age 5 or 6) each with a skilled mentor who provides a positive, consistent relationship the child may lack at home.
Take a look at the Times’ two recent articles by David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World and founder of news site Dowser.org, and learn more about a program that’s doing such impressive work across the country.