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Causes: Children & Youth, Single Parent Agencies, Youth Development Programs

Mission:

When teenagers choose to parent, many lose the support of their family and friends. Many drop out of school and depend upon welfare and other assistance programs. Their choices in life seem to be few and they can become depressed and hopeless…

Fristers addresses the needs of these young parents and their children and offers them hope for their future.

Fristers provides the education and support they need to live healthy and productive lives.

Target demographics: teen parents and their children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 700

Geographic areas served: Orange County

Programs: LifeCoach for pregnant and parenting teen moms, ages 13-24, a weekly program that provides education, access to resources, role models and support; Kidsters, a childcare and school readiness program for the children of teen parents, ages 0-5; case management and workshops for teen dads; relationship workshops for young couples; family events.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about Fristers through a friend when I was 18 and 7 months pregnant. Despite being surrounded by a loving family, I still felt alone. I was terrified about the future of my baby because I had no idea how to be a mother. I lacked confidence in myself and at one point I truly believed that my son would be better off without me. I would never be enough for him.

Fast forward 5 years later...

I still attend Fristers every week. Fristers opened many doors for me over the years. I began volunteering with Teen Voices Teen Choices through Fristers, which eventually led to part-time employment. Fristers provided me with an internship, which allowed me to graduate with my BA from CSULB. Most recently, Ali provided a phenomenal reference, which led to landing my first full-time job.

Today, I view myself as a strong, independent woman. More importantly, I view myself as a wonderful mother. I am not perfect. The beauty of that is I don't have to be because I AM ENOUGH. Fristers has given me the love and support that I desperately needed. The friendships and memories that I've made over the years are priceless. I am so grateful for Fristers and everyone involved. I have much more confidence in myself, and my son and I couldn't be happier together.

It takes a village to raise a child and Fristers takes the role perfectly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group of folks. Imapcting young women's lives with actual tools they can use. Caring, compasionate and real. Real people with real love and tools...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this program its great they helped me become a better mom and a better person im so glad i heard about this program i would recommend this to every mom out there i love you FRISTERS and all the help you give us best experience ever !!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love fristers, it is a wonderful resource for young moms where we can learn to better ourselves. They help us set up goals and check on our progress making us feel they truly care.

Desi R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love FRISTERS!!! They have been apart of my life for the last 5 years and because of it I am a better person but most importantly a better Mom. My kids love going every week. They love their teachers and the activities that they get to do. With out this program I wouldn't have learned the dicipline it takes to be a young mother. Thank you Fristers for everything!! ❤

Liliana R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being a part of this wonderful program I can say that it's because of Fristers that I am the kind of parent I'm proud of today. I value myself as a woman and I have a strong bond with my son. I never feel like I'm alone with Fristers by me!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have gone to Fristers for a year now and I love it there! I always look forward to it an so does my son. The volunteers in the Kidsters centers are always so kind and loving with my son and all the children. They have shown me kindness, compassion, hope, and so much more! They have helped me value myself as a woman and a mother. Gave me back the will to give my life to god and in the process made my marriage better. I love the life skill classes and the parenting classes as well!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going to Fristers since 2010 and I'm grateful for this organization because without them I wouldn't have known what path to take as a young mom and also I wouldnt feel lonely they would receive you with lots of love and hugs and that is what makes you feel welcomed . Also made me build a stronger relationship with my baby daddy , my parents and it made me understand more about life and God . Fristers is awesome !!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I honestly loved Fristers. Not only did they care for and helped with my parenting, but with loving myself. They thought self worth and the love that Jesus Christ offers. I wish there were more nonprofits like this! Thank you so much fristers!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful program that provides love and guidance. This program can change the future for those who utilize it and send them off in life prepared and informed!

Meghan23

Client Served

Rating: 5

There's so many great things to say about Fristers, where to start is the real question!?

This program changed my outlook on life! I was in a pretty scary, dark, lonely place at 19 years old with minimal support and a premature daughter. This group of amazingly talented women gave me the courage to fight myself out of my dark hole. I was uplifted by the stories these fellow mothers have gone through. I've seen mothers in their early teens to young 20s, spreading the word that it IS OKAY to be a young mom. We all go through struggles and we all go through milestones. The best part was knowing that you had the support of your fellow friends and sisters every week, rain or shine. This was the best resource and tool for me as a young, clueless mom. I was able to fix up my resume, work on my communication skills, learn some great parenting tips and create some beautiful friendships!

Ali, and the rest of the impeccable administration has led young women from all different backgrounds to believe in the most important thing, themselves. Meeting on a weekly basis for dinner, scrap booking, and group discussions was the best thing to ever happen to me. It was like free therapy and a chance to make friendships with other amazing young mothers, all while our children were receiving the absolute BEST care anyone could ask for. I'm incredibly grateful to my friend Erika, for pushing me to get the support I needed and make friends with some beautiful human beings. Fristers is the talk of the town for us young moms & I absolutely LOVE seeing all my friends posting about Fristers nights and how they get together to enjoy the company! Sometimes we catch ourselves more excited than the kids, and that's what I adore about these girls!

During my time in Orange County, I enjoyed my weekly trips to the Irvine & Santa Ana locations. I eventually got a job offer to relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada to pursue my career in the automotive industry. I was very fortunate to be able to manage to come as much as possible, when my schedule allowed. Driving 4 hours to be with some of the best women I've ever encountered, was always something to look forward to!

Fristers has helped me grow independent! I am able to provide financially and emotionally for my family, when if I hadn't met these girls, life would have been a constant struggle. These girls have taught me incredible skills with budgeting, different resources to help young moms and many other ways I will forever be grateful for.

I'm incredibly thankful for the amazing women Fristers has brought into my life, and will always look back and smile! I've got nothing but mad love and respect for my girls, MY FRISTERS!