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Nonprofit Overview

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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!! ❤

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!

Elena J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Fristers Irvine. It's held at Mariners Church which has a huge campus. Its really spacious I started going when I was pregnant with my son who is now 4 I've learned so much and grown as a mother and a young woman. It really is a great place for young moms.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization saved my daughter. When she got pregnant at 14, she thought her life was over. Fristers brought the spirit back to her. She set goals and has met them. She finished high school and went on to college. Not only did she receive benefit from this organization, but she was inspired and became a member of this wonderful organization. She works very hard for the organization to try and bring the message to young mothers everywhere she goes. She is never without business cards and if she sees a young mom, she is right there to tell the Fristers story. A wonderful organization that saved my daughter.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been attending Fristers for a couple months but in those couple of months they have showed me what it is like to feel accepted. Being a mom at a young age, when you're a kid yourself is difficult, but week by week they re assured me it would be okay. Fristers has given me an extra confidence boost & the encouragement to be the best mom I can be, because of Fristers I've replaced friendships I lost with other moms that understand me. Fristers has helped me find ways of also giving back. I learned about Teen Voices Teen Choices because of them and through them I've gotten the opportunity to go out to different Jr. Highs & High Schools to share my story with other teens. Fristers makes me feel at home away from home. It makes it easy to feel a little bit of an escape when things at home are hard because they provide such a loving and caring environment from all the staff!