Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty

Highlighting the incredible work being done by Friends of the Children and the expansion of the organization into five cities.

By Rob Goodman
Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty
Terri Sorensen, president of Friends of the Children, and Peggy Maguire, president and board chair of the Cambia Health Foundation, have co-authored an Op-Ed in the Oregonian.
Friends of the Children is an organization that the Cambia Health Foundation has supported for many years.
According to the Academic Pediatric Association, one in five children lives in a family with income below the federal poverty level. Additional factors, such as social determinants of health and adverse childhood experiences contribute to the cycle of poverty. The difficulty is in knowing how to change the story so that children can claim a brighter, more hopeful future. 
Friends identifies children who come from a high-risk environment, pairs them with a mentor who works with them for 12.5 years—from kindergarten through high school. The results of the program speak for themselves:
  • 83 percent of youth graduate from high school
  • 93 percent avoid the juvenile justice system
  • 98 percent avoid early parenting 
Read Breaking the cycle of generational poverty: Guest opinion in the Oregonian about how Friends of the Children is helping build resiliency in children.