Kids who grow up in low-income families without strong adult role models have been dealt a bad hand and need help.  Otherwise, they’re at risk of turning to drugs, violence, and crime.

That’s why the work of Friends of the Children is so critical.  With chapters in Boston, Seattle, New York City, and Portland (OR), the organization matches kids with professional mentors who maintain a presence in the kids’ lives from kindergarten through high school.  Consistent mentoring helps them to become resilient and successfully transition to adulthood.

We can see these successes in Crystal and Antonio.  Getting involved would help many more kids like them.