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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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.

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!

Previous Stories

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!

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!

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

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 ...

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.

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 !!!!

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.

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.

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!!!!!