Youth Mentoring & Enrichment Program

FIND-A-FRIEND  (FAF)

The FAF program began in 1982 as one of the first mentoring programs established by Governor Hunt in North Carolina. Since then, it has flourished and added multiple afterschool components to keep at-risk youth fully motivated and enriched through wrap-around support services. Our program helps modify youths’ behavior positively at school, home, and in the community. The FAF program was named a “Champion for Children” in 2009 by the Child Advocacy Center. Serving over 200 at-risk and court-involved youth per year, with a 96% success rate at keeping kids out of trouble and successful in school, this program truly makes an impact. It costs tax payers over $125,000 per year to house 1 juvenile in confinement. It takes less than $1,500 to sponsor a youth for 1 full year of preventive services with FAF. "Our kids are our most valuable investment!"

Hometown Spotlight

Spotlight
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Congratulations to Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) on being the face of The NBA 2K23 Dreamer Edition! Jermaine sets a wonderful example for our youth: If you can dream it, you can achieve it. 

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William Payne, Find-A-Friend Camper and recipient of a Methodist University scholarship. Way to go, William! We are so proud of you.

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Jaheim Williams, Fred & June Aysse Memorial Fund
& Find-A-Friend Scholarship recipient.

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BECOME

A MENTOR

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REFER

A YOUTH

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BECOME

A DONOR

OUR SERVICES

  • Youth Mentoring

    • Our Mentoring Program serves youth ages 6-17 years of age and pairs them with trained adult role models in a mentor-protégé​ relationship.

    • FAF also facilitates group mentoring for civic organizations to work with groups of youth on projects and activities.

  • Group Sessions

    • Group Sessions provide educational, recreational, and cultural activities applied with life skills and character building lessons to help youth set and achieve their short and long-term goals.

    • These workshops, along with parent support workshops and training, provide wrap-around services for youth in the community. 

  • Interpersonal Skills & After School Workshops

    • These workshops provide weekly group sessions with structure and guidance for identifying and addressing social problems and challenges with youth ages 6-17.​

    • FAF provides the tools to strengthen their social skills, modify behavior, and improve relationships at home, school, and in the community.