Empowering foster youth since 1979.

Helping current and former foster youth transition to adulthood through housing and educational services.

Give now to help LA foster youth

Give today to provide tutoring, counseling, therapy, food, and other critical support services that foster youth need now to recover from the effects of the pandemic.


There are 30,000 foster youth in LA County, the largest concentration in our nation, and the odds are stacked against them.

The way to unlock the potential of foster youth is through long-term consistent relationships.

The Challenges Facing Foster Youth

36% of foster youth become homeless within 18 months of aging out of foster care.

One in four foster youth are incarcerated within two years of aging out of foster care, and 30% of California prison inmates have spent time in foster care.

56% of LA County foster youth do not graduate from high school and less than 3% earn a college degree.

51% of foster youth are unemployed.

The United Friends Impact

99% of students in our Scholars Program for 4+ years graduate from high school.

70% of students in our Scholars Program earn a bachelor's degree.

87% of Pathways alumni are in stable housing.

74% of Pathways alumni are employed.

Our Success Stories

Brenda graduates from Cal State Long Beach

Daniel reaches grade-level math with the help from his tutor

Hannah gives back

Gabriel completes year 1 of college

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Our housing and education programs provide foster youth with resources and mentorship to lead successful lives.

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