Friends of Children & Youth

Started in 2004, Friends of Children and Youth (FOCY) helps children and youths, ages 7 to 19, with at least one parent presently or formerly incarcerated.

FOCY intervenes in our beneficiaries’ social, physical, emotional, educational development, as well as provide financial assistance.

We do it through casework management, regular mentoring sessions, tuition programme, food rations, character-building and life-skills workshops and activities.

Using intervention methods, we assign a caseworker to each child/youth, as well as a befriender (volunteer), to mentor, care and support, so they are ready and equipped to enter the next phase of their lives.

This helps the child/youth to :

  • Be more engaged in school and decrease the drop-out rate
  • Make better choices in relationships and lifestyle
  • Develop self-identity, self-esteem, and self-confidence
  • Improve behavior and interpersonal skills
  • Build stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
  • Decrease the likelihood of drug and crime participation

Cases are only closed when their situations are deemed stable, which can be from a few months to many years.

This programme is available islandwide.

Focus Areas for Children (7 to 12 Years Old)
  • Social – Outings, Group activities, Interactions with volunteer befrienders
  • Physical – Regular food rations, Birthday celebrations
  • Emotional – Staff visitations, Counselling, In-house Guidance Programme
  • Educational – Academic guidance, I Coach U (ICU) Tuition Programme, referral to agencies and schools for educational and learning support and assistance
  • Dollars (Financial assistance) – Information & referral to government agencies, referral of employment for caregivers, and Life Community’s Benevolence fund
Focus Areas for Youths (13 to 19 Years Old)
  • Skills Development – Life skills development through interest-based groups and leadership camps (E.g. Dance, Sports, Music)
  • Personality Development – Develop a healthy self-esteem & forge a sense of identity, Formation of self-concept, through camps and workshops
  • Relational & Social Skills Development – Strengthen relationship with parents, siblings and peers of same/opposite gender through fun-filled activities, group work and outings
  • Emotional Development – Caseworker visitation, Mentoring, Birthday celebration
  • Academic Guidance – Academic guidance, I Coach U (ICU) Tuition Programme, referral to agencies and schools for educational and learning support and assistance
  • Dollar (Financial Assistance) – Provide information and referral, food ration for needy families to bridge service gaps, and link them to referral of employment