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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

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Liliana R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been in Fristers for almost 6 years now! I am absolutely and entirely thankful for everything they have done for my son and I. I can not describe in words the impact and difference that every one of them has made in our lives. Years later and we have our own apartment, stable jobs with good income and so much opportunity to grow! They always push us to do our best and then some.

4 jess_and_teddy

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!! ❤

1 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!

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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!

1 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!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I chose to volunteer with Fristers because of what they stand for. I worked with the children and was amazed at the effort the staff put in to help create a fun and safe learning environment for the children.

I enjoyed seeing the relief on the monthers' faces when they saw their children laughing and learning. I no longer volunteer here, but if time allowed it, I would in a heart beat!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fristers is amazing! They go above and beyond for the women and children they serve!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I been in Fristers for 3 years already with my 2 girls and we love it so much it has given me some lessons of life and how to teach my girls new stuff and for me ass well to be a better mom friend girlfriend wife etc.. am

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love fristers sooo much!!!!. Fristers is the best place where a young mom can start her journey by learning how to be a mom, meeting new friends, getting support, resources and help.
Best place ever, great enviroment and perfect friendly staff ..


Xoxo

veehbeautiful

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fristers is the best program out there. Every week I look forward coming to Santa Ana. I been going for 4 years and it has helped me grow as a mom and a friend. Thank you Ali for creating Fristers

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.

Stephanie269

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fristers has been a big help in my life. My life changed when I got pregnate back in 2011 and Fristers was with me every step of the way. Even when I could not understand why things happen the way they do. They help me understand and guide me that. The lord is always with me and in my life. Thank your Fristers!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fristers has changed my life so much that writing about it doesn't do justice. I've been coming here for 4 years and I am Not a perfect mother but I am a great one. And this Organization helped mold me this way. I had my son at 17 and I didn't even know what I was doing with my life. Now I'm 22 and I have a stable job. I have a new car and a place to call homefor myself and my children because of goals they helped me set . I used to me a Emotical Wreck. At one point suicide was on my mind daily. And I'm proud to say I'm still here today. I know I'm worth a lot and I have faith life will work out perfectly for me because of the help I received here my mentality is amazing.
I'm also back in school and focusing on myself and future. A school Fristers helped me find that fit my lifestyle !

This program is Just amazing ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fristers ❤i started going on 2010 when my first daughter was born fristers is amazing .they support u so much they were always there for me holding my hand through the right path of life they showed me that im worth it ..they showed me how to become a better mom and women. Im a fristers graduate every tuesday i was there i miss fristers so much its part of my life .i had a chance to meet amazing people volunteer table leaders guest speakers and moms just like me with different or same situation as me ...

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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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fristers has changed my life in all the best ways! I was fifteen when I had my daughter, and had no clue what I was doing with my life personally, or as a mom. I joined Fristers when my daughter was about 9 years old, and as soon as I walked in they helped me to feel important, and loved. They have always supported me, and I have never once heard an "I told you so" even after making huge mistakes. Fristers helped me to know that I can still have a successful life despite having my daughter at a young age. They encouraged me to finish school, and get my drivers license. They gave me tools and resources to obtain child care, health insurance, and child support. They even provided references so I could get my first job.
The staff and volunteers are so loving, and would do anything to support a young mother. This is my fourth year attending, and I have loved every second. There is still so much to learn, fun to be had, and new friendships to be made. I don't know where I would be without Fristers, but I know my life, and my daughter's would not be as happy or successful without them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved in Frister's about 3 years ago after I began attending Mariner's Church in 2009. I was a teen mom and I felt my experience would help others understand things that took me years to figure out on my own. I enjoy spending time with the girls and encouraging them to be the best they can be and really help them focus on their future and not dwell on their past. It's amazing to see the progress some of these girls make and really change their trajectory in life. Frister's gives these girls hope and guidance to help them become women God intended them to be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an unwed mother at the age of 17 when I gave birth to my daughter. I felt very ashamed, judged and shunned by my church which, was very conservative. I didn't understand then why I made some of the choices I made that impacted my life immensely until years later. I wanted to help girls like me not feel so alone. I wanted to be apart of something that would encourage, nurture and empower a young mom to be more than a statistic. To love her and know life is not over and she does have a chance to live a life of grace, truth and beauty. I wish I had FRISTER'S when I was in that situation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The time, care, thought, effort, and love that the Fristers team devotes to their program is remarkable. Their efforts are positively changing the lives of this and the next generation and I am blessed to have the opportunity serve and call myself a part of the team.

1 Honey P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fristers which translates to Friends & Sisters! I have been involved with this amazing organization since its inception and have watched the transformation of the young single mothers and their children who have joined our program. They are loved from the moment they walk through our doors, given hope, understanding, love, and the tools to succeed. This program has and will continue to change lives!!! If you now of young teen mom who is in need of support, this is the only program of its kind!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fristers is absolutely amazing! As a volunteer, I see first hand how Fristers is improving the lives of each mom and child that comes through the door. They are committed to helping each individual with any problem they might face, by providing resources and endless amounts of social support and acceptance. They truly care about these moms and kids.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fristers is changing lives! I've seen it in the girls who come back week after week, year after year. They are confident, outgoing, better mothers, and more independent. As a childcare volunteer for the past 5 years, I've also witnessed change in their children. The kids who were once shy, misbehaved, or scared to leave their mothers have morphed into kids who can't wait to play with their friends, who say a prayer and sit nicely at dinner, and who are excited to learn numbers and colors and letters! Fristers has changed me, too, encouraging me to be more patient, kind, and understanding of other people. I love being a part of this organization and I look forward to it each week!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There aren't enough wonderful words that can describe Fristers. I've been volunteering for 5 years now and just can't get enough of the love that is so evident each time I'm surrounded by fellow Fristers. God is at work in this ministry and it's a beautiful thing to watch the lives of these young moms and children being transformed from the inside out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fristers is one of the most amazing ministries I've ever come across. What Fristers provides for teen moms is life changing and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. I've seen first hand changes taking place in the lives of the young moms we serve each week. I've seen girls come to know the Lord and find hope in their future because of it. I see the girls faces light up each week as they enter the room and enjoy an evening free of their responsibilities as a mom and just enjoy time with others and bettering themselves as young adults and moms. I love every moment of my time with my Fristers!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and supporter of Fristers since it began. I wanted to serve at my church. I love being a mom and my children were grown so Fristers seemed like a good fit for me. I showed up 7 years ago (actually when I started, we were called Club Mom) and have been coming every Wednesday night since. There are so many things I love about Fristers but the best part is seeing the girls walk into the room and know that they are in a safe place where they will get a hug, a smile, a good meal, a laugh, encouragement and all the resources they need to move forward. It is really powerful to see life change and it is happening with these girls. I've seen it because I've been there for so long and it is thrilling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I had to sum up Fristers in one word I would say it is empowering! So much love and care goes into every detail for these teen mothers. On any given night across six different locations volunteers and professionals come together to set up the meeting room, provide transportation, serve a warm meal, and of course provide resources to these young women so that they can be better students, mothers, and employees all at once. This program is run and staffed and interned by those that care. The young women who come every week to learn and grow want to be the best mothers they can be. I am so grateful to get to be apart of a program that provides such love and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fristers is a safe, supportive, and challenging club for teen moms. It's amazing to see the young girls come in, with so many struggles, then watch them conquer them one at a time, until they have grown into beautiful, self-sufficient women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being able to be a part of Fristers, has been the best thing I have done with my life other than my Family.

Fristers, stands for Friends and Sisters. Fristers helps empower women, ages 13-24 who are pregant or have children, to become the best person and mother they can be.

From the first moment I saw Fristers in action I knew this is where I want to be! These young Ladies are brave, inspiring, eager to learn and each Beautiful from the inside out!

They come evey week to learn and have community with each other and The volunteers!
I am blessed to be a part of each of their lives and watch them grow into the women that God made them to be!

Thank you Fristers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fristers is a great resource and support system for young mims servicing all if Orange County. I has been helping out at Fristers for 4 years now and I'm impressed every week with the growth the moms make and help they receive. It is a great organization to be part of.

Flo_2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At age 27, married with a 23-month toddler and a 9-month baby, I got pregnant and chose to abort. The next two weeks, all I did was cry ( I now realize I was mourning.). A decade later, a thunderbolt realization hit me between the eyes: this abortion was the choice I have regretted the very most in my life! Then, 15 years after my realization, I heard during a Sunday service at Mariners that Ali was going to speak about "Club 139." I went and haven't turned back. Club 139, Club Mom and now Fristers has been a way for me to serve and support moms who made the good choice in life.

Tracy V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a "snack mom" for this group for nearly 11 years when it began at Mariners Church under the name "Club Mom." It has been an amazing group providing love, support, and guidance to young single moms throughout Orange County. The group empowers young moms be the best that they can be for themselves and their children. This community of friends and sisters will surely have a positive effect on the next generation!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to learn about Fristers about 2 years ago. I could tell that the program was designed to help young mothers gain valuable tools and resources to become better equipped to raise their kids and pursue higher learning. Shortly after volunteering, I soon realized Fristers is about that and so much more! The positive impact this organization is having in the lives of these mothers and their children is indescribable! Young ladies are being transformed to women raising healthy families, while empowering themselves to be positive and productive citizens in our society. I'm privileged and honored to see and be a part of the process!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fristers helps young moms learn how to first love and respect themselves and learn how to love and take care of their children. From self esteem classes to parenting classes. Fristers changes the lives of young moms who need help in parenting to job interviewing. They spend time investing, setting goals and helping each mom achieve their goals to improve their lives. A few examples....enrolling for college, graduating from college, getting a job.

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!

Lupita G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a teen mother who attended fristers and for the times that I was there I can truly say that my life was being transformed.it was a very difficult time in my life,I didn't have the support of my immediate family and felt alone and misguided. Fristers took me in with such love and taught me that we are never alone. Our heavenly father is there with us and forgives us for all our mistakes.thanks to fristers my son had a gift for christmas and I was overwhelm on how much work these volunteers go through to make us feel special. Feel that we are worthy and that they believe in us! Fristers is dedicated to improve our way of life. The way we see ourselves and the way we see the world.they give us support in parenting and help us go back to school and start ourfuture to success. thank you fristers for your support !!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Fristers this past year and observed firsthand the positive impact this organization and it's volunteers have on the lives of young mom's. Fristers offers these young women encouragement, support and knowledge to help them in being independent and successful. The staff and volunteers are consistently positive, compassionate and genuinely care for the well-being of each young mom and their child. Fristers are treated with love, care and respect- which allow them to learn to value themselves and build their self-worth. This is truly an incredible gift!

Wendy28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served Fristers as a volunteer for 4 years now. Each year I have served in a variety of positions. Driver, Meal provider, Table leader, Speaker, and Case Manager. My role as Case Manager propelled me to a place of influence that was able to listen to each mom's story of need and provide information as well as compassion to help project them into a healthier lifestyle. it was in this position I realized the deep struggles these young mothers face. They live in our neighborhoods, shop at our stores and play in our parks, but they have their own culture which needs to be addressed and realigned. I love serving these girls, and working with the volunteers. Every single week I leave with tremendous joy knowing I am doing a valuable work. This year we graduated a group of moms that have been with us since the beginning. They are ready to move out into the world with great expectation. What an honor to know where they have come from, and what we have done to help them. Their testimonies are ours as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fristers is an organization that guides, nurtures, and offers life training courses for young teen moms.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have enjoyed each part of Fristers I've been a volunteer in! I have provided meals for the Moms, decorations for special events, watched the babies and toddlers during the program and hosted special events in my home. I have seen lives changed through this program. These young Moms experience love, acceptance and encouragement to help them be better Moms and people in society. To be able to change the cycle in their own families so that they can give their children a better life and future. Some of these girls have found Fristers to be the family they never had. The weekly meetings provide a time of learning, encouragement, a safe place to share without judgment. These young moms are truly being empowered from the inside out!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fristers is an amazing group for young Moms of all walks of life to meet and be encouraged as women, mothers, and role models. The benefit of growing into a balanced woman through the carefully selected weekly topics done at Fristers grows these young Moms in four important areas of their life: spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically, resulting in a balanced woman enabled & empowered to nurture and care for their own child(ren). Fristers is such a valuable program and personally, it is not only rewarding to volunteer and share this journey with the young Moms that attend, but it is also a personal reward to continue to grow as a Mom myself - as woman and Mother. I strongly encourage young Moms to attend and gain strength, guidance, and growth through Fristers. I also invite Moms that have a heart to lead and share to volunteer alongside us to see all the the "good" we can achieve when we serve & grow together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started at Fristers as an intern last Fall then I began driving the girls to Mariners in the Spring. Fristers is a great program for empowering young moms and providing a support base for them and their children. Fristers not only helps the moms and children but it helps those who volunteer each week become a better person.

Denisse

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a part of FRISTERS for almost 1yr. I have had many ups and downs, but this program not only empowers young woman to be a better moms and to go for the goals that we have set for each other I have a four yr old that love the program but is too active to say he least, the program refered me to different places where I was able to get him the help he needs and they have been verry helpful and for this I am VERRY GREATFULL & THANKFULL. AT FRISTERS Not only was I welcomed With open arms I was not juged by how I dressed looked or how I lived.I am not a verry inthusisastic about it at first but then I saw how much they cared for My children and my self I wanted to keep going back oh and let me not forget the classes or lectures that are given by different people from all walks of life are so Great that I would not have expirienced them on my own the fact that they teach you how to take care of your kids by being patient and why they cry and knowing how to approach the situation is a priceless tool I also like how Experts from the bussiness field come in and Teach us how to dress and behave at job interviews great information.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently served as the Business Administrative intern at the Fristers office, located in Newport Beach. I also spent time at the Fristers program in both Irvine and Santa Ana. I have nothing but amazing things to say about Fristers! The program is so wonderful. Fristers brings teen mothers the opportunity to encourage and empower one another, giving them a safe place and a group of exceptional individuals to call their home and family. Many of the teen moms that Fristers services are struggling, both physically, emotionally, mentally, and are in a great need of resources. So many of these teen mothers come from poverty, broken families, dangerous relationships, etc. The program that Fristers offers for these girls is truly a life-changing opportunity to every teen mother that steps through the door. Fristers works extremely hard every single week to coordinate rides for mothers without transportation, provide meals for both mothers and children, free childcare services, guest speakers with powerful, encouraging messages, and so many other resources. Fristers is unlike any other non-profit program in existence, today. Fristers is truly an inspiring organization, full of wonderful people that are simply looking to make a positive difference in the lives of teen mothers and their children here in Southern California.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the amazing opportunity to serve as Fristers' videographer for the last few years. I have video taped numerous meeting sessions and seen, both personally and through the camera's eye, the amazing impact this organization is having on young women's lives. I have also served as a driver, and a speaker, which has enriched my perspective of the young women served by Fristers. I know that this organziation is making a difference to young women who might not otherwise receive the support, resources and love they get from Fristers. Fristers addresses the needs of these young moms and I have no doubt that investing in the lives of the women will have the rippple effect of improving the lives of their children and of generations to come.

Kerstin S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Mom was only 18 when I was born and I wish she had found a place like Fristers, her life and my childhood could have been so much better, much pain and heartbreak could have been avoided. She did not have good parenting skills, was really immature, lonley and did not know how to deal with a baby and how to better her own life. Being a volunteer for 3 seasons I can truly say the support and empoverment the young Moms experience at Fristers is truly life transforming. They find love and acceptance and gain a sense of worse for their soul and joy! All the teaching lessons a geared to equip them for life with a child and growing as women. Being young and having a baby can be overwhelming in many ways but with Fristers they really have a way better chance to improve their lives and with this the lives of their children. Fristers rocks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Fristers that has an opportunity to work with the girls. They are inspired by the information, acitvities and programs they participate in. I see empowered young women involved in this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm Fristers Child-care director and I love my job! I started off as an intern awhile back and was asked if I would like to volunteer and run the day-cares while the mom's attended the program. SInce I enjoyed it so much as an intern I gladly accepted the position. While we have the children in the day care we feed them dinner, always have an activitiy for them to engage in and myself as well as other volunteers play and interact with the children in other ways such as reading or just listening to them talk. I think this program is a wonderful program to help moms become more educated in taking care of their children. I believe it makes them stronger women, more educated women, and it helps them believe in themselves. I think that Fristers helps the moms become very well rounded women and helps them have a bigger brighter future. I volunteer at fristers all 3days and I love when 5:45 comes around and it's time to attend the program. I think this is a wonderful program for all moms who need some guideance, love and friendship.

Ginny I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Fristers for 7 years. The goal of the organization is to empower teen moms to be better parents and to improve their lives. The girls receive classes on parenting, instructions on how to interview for a job, how to set goals for themselves, how to improve their self esteem. They are mentored and loved each week-they are feed, their children are cared for and fed as well. I have enjoyed working with this group and have seen the results. Lives have been changed. Many of the girls have completed their GED, enrolled in college, obtained jobs and improved their parenting skills. Watching them grow and improve their lives has been a joy to me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit organization is geared towards empowering young mothers for life. Providing parenting education, personal growth, and hope for a bright future. I have volunteered with Fristers for 10 years and have served in various capacities. I was a teen mother and I wish that there was a program like this when I was a struggling single teen parent. I made so many mistakes and felt alone daily. I became depressed and angry. I was lost as a teen mom and my child suffered with me. I had needs beyond food and shelter, I had emotional needs. I needed support, encouragement, unconditional love, understanding, wisdom, and parenting education. Fristers provides all of this plus resources for food, shelter, education ect.. It's the most amazing experience to be able to help a teen mom get plugged into this program and see thier lives transform. This program is a gift.

Katy L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization! I was in intern here through Cal State Fullerton spring of 2012. Anyone would be lucky to volunteer, intern, or even be involved in the program. Not only do i feel that this organization can help students like myself get ready to work with kids hands on, but it is also a wonderful chance for other young moms to meet people who know there struggles first hand. I have recommended to many of my young friends with children to start this program. Friends and sisters for life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fristers has been life changing for me. I started going in January of 2011 when my son was five months old and have been going ever since. I met great people and have a fun time every week. I learn lots of new skills. For example, I learned about how to deal with temper tantrums and good nutrition. I feel confident to be a young mom and I know that I am not alone. I have lost my previous friends that I had before I got pregnant but Fristers has allowed me to make new friends. Fristers provides childcare which allows me to go without worrying about who will babysit my son. I feel good that he is getting social interaction too. I love the new friends that I met there. Fristers has given me the confidence to speak to high school students around the area about being a young mom. I always feel uplifted when I come home from Fristers. I can't wait for September to go every Wednesday but I am looking forward to the awesome summer activities that they are having. Fristers is an amazing program and I highly recommend it to other young moms. It also seems like a great place to volunteer. I am so thankful for all those that helped start Fristers and those that are helping it keep going.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with the infants at Frister's and absolutely loved working with the children. This expierence was completely life changing because I got to see a different view. i had a great time each week and always looked forward to coming and helping out every week.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"Fristers" my life has changed thanks to this program not only me but my family! it has shown me how to be a better mom and believe in myself. fristers empowered me to be a better person gave me a lift to go back to school and set up goals in my life. Thank you sooo much for this program i can hardly wait for wednesdays to come and be there . Thanks You and God Bless, Carol Payan

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fristers has completely changed my life! Made me the womean i am today and a better mother to my son! They have given me support and cofidence! I have made so many friends there! Without fristers i dont know where i would be today!!!!!