Our Community Partners
The following nonprofit organizations, headquartered in the Puget Sound region, have received capacity building grants from the Cedarmere Foundation. We invite you to visit their websites to learn more about the important work they do, both here in our community and around the world.
Photographs above are courtesy of our community partners.
2018 Grant Recipients:
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Friends of the Children of Seattle
WHO WE ARE:
Sharon Maghie and Mike Murray founded Friends of the Children – Seattle in 2000. After retiring from Microsoft they were both eager to invest in their community, and make an impact in the lives of youth who needed it the most. When we first opened our doors we had two professional mentors, serving a total of 16 youth. We now have 16 professional mentors, called Friends and our program serves over 130 youth in first through 12th grades. Our children are selected from partner schools in the Central District and Rainier Valley. We have also recently started a new community partnership in order to enroll youth who are in the foster care system in Seattle. As our children move and face many other transitions in their lives, their Friend stays with them, no matter what!
Friends of the Children is a national organization that started in 1993 by Duncan Campbell who wanted to create a research-based program giving the most vulnerable children the opportunity to succeed in school and in life. Since then, Friends has grown to eight chapters in seven cities nationwide.
Our annual operating budget is $1.8 million. For more information, please visit our website at: www.friendsseattle.org.
WHAT WE DO:
Our Mission: To accelerate generational change, Friends of the Children identifies youth facing the toughest challenges and connects them with professional mentors who guide them to develop their greatest potential and achieve their goals.
Our model is courageous, unique and proven. We provide each child with a salaried, Professional Mentor from kindergarten through graduation. To make a lasting impact on the children we serve, Friends of the Children offers each child weekly mentoring, all year long. Working with eight to eleven children, each professional mentor—a Friend—is an advocate who supports academic progress and cultivates the children's strengths and skills, in and out of school. Mentors spend, on average, 14 intentional hours every month with each child, using tailored approaches that help each child set and achieve individual goals. Our mentors serve as coaches, advocates and motivators. They ask youth about their lives and help to build skills and interest by reading together, take part in activities that develop positive interest (i.e. volunteering, attending theatre shows or cultural events, dining in a sit-down restaurant, etc.), developing study skills and problem solving situations.
Our work is guided by the following principles:
- We believe in the power of one-on-one relationships between a child and a professional, trained, committed adult mentor.
- We aim to serve youth who face the toughest challenges and have limited access to opportunities and resources.
- We provide consistent and unconditional support for the long term, at least 12 ½ years.
- We build partnerships with parents, caregivers, and school staff.
- We recognize and enable youth to overcome barriers related to socioeconomics and racism.
- We value continuous learning and improvement, and are committed to advancing research-based practices.
Results from our evaluation (2014-15) show that with our support, our youths’ progress toward long-term goals was remarkable:
- 78% of youth received a diploma or GED, while one-third of youth have a parent who did not.
- 93% of youth (11-19) avoided juvenile detention, while over 55% of youth have a parent who has been incarcerated.
- 96% of youth (11-19) avoided parenthood, while 96% of youth were born to a mother who was a teen parent.