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Mentor a teen in foster care. Change the future.

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ORGANIZATION: Family & Youth Initiative

  • 74 people are interested

Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) mentors change the lives of children ages 12 to 21 in foster care.

Through sharing new experiences, having fun, and being a consistent caring presence, mentors help teens gain confidence, make wise choices, and have greater hopefulness for the future. DCFYI mentors change lives!

Family & Youth Initiative offers:

  • Training and support;
  • Fun monthly activities for participating teens and adults;
  • A wonderful l community of adults and teens who genuinely care for and support each other.

Family & Youth Initiative mentors:

  • Spend at least eight hours a month with their mentees;
  • Make a two-year commitment to their mentee, once matched, because these are teens who need lasting relationships;
  • Do reports on time spent with their mentee.
  • Keep current on required background clearances.

We work with children 12 to 21 who are in DC foster care and waiting for adoptive families. DCFYI teens are placed in foster homes across the area (mostly in DC and Prince George’s County).

We make "natural matches" between mentors and mentees. Adults and teens get to know each other at DCFYI monthly events. We make mentoring marches based on the relationships that form at the events and with the express interest of both adult and teen.

For more information or to volunteer, please visit our website [ www.dcfyi.org] or contact us by phone [202-863-0975] or email [ info@dcfyi.org].

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About Family & Youth Initiative


853 New Jersey Avenue,SE, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20003, US

Mission Statement

Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) creates enriching lifetime relationships for youth at risk of aging out of foster care. We make a difference in the lives of older children by forging pathways to adoption while building bridges between youth and a community of adults willing to open their hearts and homes.


Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) helps older children (12 to 21) in foster care find adoptive families and make lifelong connections with caring

DCFYI focuses solely on helping teens at riskof aging out of fostercare find adoptive families and develop lasting relationships with other caring adults. We are unique in that we offer opportunities for adults who are not yet approved to adopt or mentor to meet and get to know teens so that relationships can grow naturally, which is a much more effective way for adults and teens to get to know each other and get comfortable before any formal mentor or adoption match is made.

We are one of very few organizations that create low barrier ways for adults to get to know and help teens in foster care. We encourage creative responses to the needs of individual teens and abilities and availability of interested adults.


Children & Youth
Children & Youth


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853 New Jersey Avenue SoutheastWashington, DC 20003






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hours per month

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