More than 50 potent winter ales are featured at this year's event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. These aren't beers you'll find in the supermarket - our brewers have put together special recipes just for the Holiday Ale Festival. From Belgians and Barleywines to Porters and Stouts, these beers are rich, robust and full of complex flavors.
Friends of the Children National. Portland Oregon. Duncan Campbell. Terri Sorensen, Gary Clemons, Erinn Kelley-Siel, Susan Walsh, Courtney Campbell, Sarah Beiderman, Jenna Degan, Matt Tsugawa, Holly Huillet.
Peggy Maguire, Don Washburn, Clinton Moloney, Greg Goodwin, Ellen Frawley, Jim Maher, Erica Baird, Cynthia Grant, Henry Hewitt, Thomas Tom Keller, David Kirp, Anne Ludlow, Sharon Maghie, John Miner, Henry G. Morriello, Bruce A. Schoen, David Shapiro, Dan Shull, Vanessa Wilkins.
Friends of the Children Portland
Generational poverty can be broken. We've been doing it for over 20 years.
Children born into poverty are at risk for dropping out of school, substance abuse, incarceration and teen parenting. We provide a salaried, professional mentor, called a Friend, for their entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. 12.5 years. No matter what.
We select the children facing the highest risks.
Our children are statistically at serious risk of continuing the cycle of poverty in their own lives.
60% have parents who did not graduate high school.
50% of our youth have parents who were incarcerated.
85% of our youth were born to a teen parent.
We call our professional mentors "Friends" because it isn't just a job. They are forming meaningful relationships with our youth that last for years.
This could look like:
Helping a child’s math skills by counting successful free throws
Helping a child find constructive outlets for stress and frustration
Advocating for a special education service at a child's middle school
Being the consistent adult in a child's life as they move from placement to placement in the foster care system
Often, the Friend is the only person the family calls when a crisis occurs.
We employ and train salaried, professional mentors called Friends.
Moving mentorship out of the volunteer realm is a key component to getting the quality, consistency and commitment that our children need. Several of our Friends have been with us for 20 years; the average tenure is over 7 years.
The Harvard Business School Association of Oregon showed that for every $1 invested in Friends of the Children, the community benefits over $7 in saved social costs. Helping one child saves the community $900,000.
We have local chapters across the country. Each chapter has a strategic growth plan to grow by 40% over the next three years.
44 NE Morris St., Portland, OR, 97212
We commit for the long term.
We commit to every child for the long term, from kindergarten through graduation. 12.5 years. No matter what.
We focus on the complete transformation of each child.
Each child gets a dedicated, one-on-one Friend who spends a minimum of 16 intentional hours per month with them. We develop a road map for each child and design activities to build life skills. We create meaningful experiences to explore each child’s unique talents and interests.
We work in and with the child's community.
Friends spend time in each child’s home, school, neighborhood, and community. They are able to provide continuity in these often unstable environments and to serve as a link between the different facets of the child’s life. This means we advocate for children at their school and become someone their family trusts in emergencies.
We evaluate, measure, and improve.
We are in an ongoing longitudinal randomized control trial conducted by researchers affiliated with the University of Washington, Princeton University, and University of Oregon. We are also assessed annually by an independent third-party evaluator. This allows us to continue to identify ways to make our program stronger.