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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

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!!!!!