Charity Finds Success in Work With At-Risk Children, but It's Costly

Friends of the Children pairs a cohort of about eight students, identified as some of the most at-risk in a city or neighborhood, with well-paid mentors who stay with the kids from kindergarten through the end of high school. Currently in 15 cities, the national organization allows cities to adapt their program to their unique context while still providing data tracking and marketing support. Researchers and donators credit the organization's focus on a limited number of kids over a long period of time for its success.

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