Friends for Youth III

Spring-Summer 2022
Project Location
Palo Alto, CA
Project Type
Fast track
Project Focus
Expansion or Replication,
Feasibility Study,
Market Analysis
Organization Type
Children, Youth & Families,
Human Services


Since 1979 Friends for Youth has been a nationally recognized organization providing marginalized youth with caring adult mentors to keep them in school and give them positive, nurturing role models. Friends for Youth has made more than 3,000 student-mentor matches through its one-to-one community-based program and its school-based, group mentoring programs at ten Peninsula schools. 90% of participating students having stayed the entire length of the one-year program and 100% have remained in school during program participation. Since 2018 Friends for Youth has also been the backbone organization of Whole Health for Youth (WHY), a collective of small, local, grassroots nonprofits that collaborate to reduce duplicative services, serve communities holistically, and multiply their impact in the community. 


How can Friends for Youth enable more marginalized fifth through eleventh grade students to improve their socio-emotional health and their educational experiences through caring adult mentor matches around the Bay Area and beyond?


With one million dollars in public support and revenues in the last year, Friends for Youth is poised to expand its outreach through various channels. Capitalizing on the success of its flagship one-to-one mentoring program, school-based mentoring groups, and Whole Health for Youth Initiative partnership, Friends for Youth would like to double the number served in each of these channels this calendar year. This ambitious goal requires expanding its revenue streams to include more from earned income through geographic expansion. Given prior success with its Mentoring Institute that trained and educated other mentoring, youth-serving organizations, Friends for Youth would like to explore relaunching the Mentoring Institute with the dual objective of increasing fees for service and broadening student outreach. By focusing on developing more earned income sources through program development, staff strive to create a virtuous cycle of enhanced programming leading to more earned fees and back to elevated programming.

Project Overview

Friends for Youth is requesting a project team to explore different formats for expanding fee for service revenue. More specifically, the client would like an assessment of the marketability and profitability of

  1. standardizing and replicating its mentor recruiting and screening process and mentor-student curriculum for expansion beyond the Peninsula and South Baypossibly across the state and country,
  2. a revamped Mentoring Institute, and
  3. online curriculum delivery.


This is a Fast Track project:

  • Scope: Focused, specific organizational issue
  • Team Size: 3-4 consultants
  • Project Duration: 3 months
  • Estimated Time Contribution: 25-30 hrs total (per consultant)

Read more about the Fast Track Project Consultant role.