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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

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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.