"Jude and Alex provide another safe space for Solomon to be his authentic self. They have broken down his wall and gotten in. He totally trusts them and they don't give up on him." -Sheka, mother of Solomon, age 7
"As adults with access to power, we must listen to and empower our youth. We must partner with them and be willing to shift our mindset from 'let's change kids' to 'let's change the systems that affect kids.' This year at Family of Friends, we will be asking ourselves: "What role can youth mentoring play in systemic change for youth who are placed at the margins of our society?' We invite you--parents, volunteers and stakeholders--in answering this question."
-Michelle Kosta, Executive Director, pictured with Allison Yoder, Program Manager (left), and Monica Segura Bilingual Match Coordinator (right)