As an independent chapter of a nationwide organization, Friends of the Children-Boston (Friends-Boston) impacts generational change by empowering youth greatest the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors. Twelve and a half years, no matter what.
We provide a salaried, professional mentor, called a Friend, for a youth's entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. We select children facing the highest number of risk factors in kindergarten and provide them with weekly support every year for 12.5 years. We call the children we work with Achievers to demonstrate our belief in their potential for success. We partner with communities and schools most impacted by systemic inequities, and we work to amplify the voices and invest in the hopes and dreams of our Achievers and their families.
Friends-Boston’s long-term goal is that all of our Achievers will graduate from high school and succeed in college and career. Headquarter in Nubian Square in Roxbury, Friends-Boston currently works with 176 Achievers and alumni. Through our adaption of a Two Generational Model, our work also impacts more than 400 of our Achievers’ caregivers and their siblings.
For the last 16 years, Friends of the Children-Boston has been on the front line of supporting youth who face the most difficult challenges to future success through our innovative long-term paid professional mentor model. With more than 85% of our alumni persisting in pursuing a college degree and/or employed, we know our success is a result of our ability to provide them with a network of support in every aspect of their lives. This includes supporting the caregivers in becoming stronger advocates and champions for their children’s interests.
Over the last 16 months of the global pandemic, our youth and families bore the brunt of the impact, including loss of employment, inadequate support in remote learning transition, and significant threats to physical and mental health. As a response, we added enhanced family support elements, such as weekly food assistance, weekly caregiver check-in and respite, and technology support, to better stabilize our community. What we learned in this crisis is what we have known all along – children thrive when their caregivers thrive. It demonstrated the power of a Two-Generation (2Gen) model—that of supporting the whole family by intentionally and simultaneously working with our Achievers and their caregivers.
Solutions for rebuilding post-pandemic must include 2Gen framework and caregiver and family stabilization. Only then can we continue to support our youth in their resilience and relentless pursuit for their hopes and dreams.
Taking what we have learned, we plan to expand our model to adapt the child-focused 2Gen framework by adding enhanced services and partnerships to support the caregivers and the success of the whole family. Our vision is to build a network of support that will uplift the whole family and empower individuals, both adults and youth, to rebuild and transform the community they call home.
A 2Gen model challenges us to empower both youth and their parents to fulfill their hopes and dreams together and find tangible pathways out of poverty. Research (and our own experience) has shown that a parent’s education, economic stability and overall health has a tremendous impact on a child’s life trajectory. Similarly, a child's positive educational experience and healthy development can inspire parents and set the entire family on a stronger path together.
In addition to providing a one-on-one salaried, professional mentor (a Friend) to individual children, our 2Gen expansion will build an integrated network of support for parents and caregivers by engaging key high-impact partners to:
Through this expansion, we will triple the number of individuals served from 142 youth to more than 400 youth and families.
In order to ensure the success of our 2 Generation Expansion, we have created the position of the Caregiver Support Manager to help carry out our vision. The position is critical in helping to design appropriate program elements based on knowledge of the current staff and caregivers, and work with our Professional Mentors to drive toward whole-family success. On a daily basis, the Caregiver Support Manager will work closely with the Program Director to design and launch all caregiver support components. The position will report to the Program Director.
Enhanced Current Caregiver Communications and Connections - 20%
Partnership Network Building 30% – Through partnership, build caregiver specific programming focusing on economic mobility, housing stability, education advocacy, post-secondary education, social emotional or other areas as identified by caregivers
Caregiver social capital building 20%
Enhanced team support and resource referral building 20%
Org Support 10%
Required Skills and Attributes
As an independent chapter of a nationwide organization, Friends of the Children-Boston (Friends-Boston) impacts generational change by empowering youth greatest the greatest obstacles through…
How to Apply
Friends of the Children-Boston offers a collaborative team of colleagues who are passionate about the mission and a flexible work environment. Salary 50K – 60K, commensurate with experience. To apply, candidates should review the Friends-Boston website and submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to email@example.com. Please include “2Gen Family Support Specialist” in your email subject line. Position is open until filled.
Friends of the Children-Boston is an Equal Opportunity Employer
How to Apply
Friends of the Children-Boston offers a collaborative team of colleagues who are passionate about the mission and a flexible work environment. Salary 50K – 60K…