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Adult Friends for Youth (AFY) was established at the University of Hawaii School of Social Work in 1985 by Dr. Sidney M. Rosen. Adult Friends for Youth began as a volunteer mentoring program for at risk children and adolescents funded by a two-year federal demonstration grant, and was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on December 8, 1986. Incorporation paved the way for management independent of the University on December 1, 1987 when the federal grant ended.

With Sid as the FOUNDER of Adult Friends for Youth. AFY still needed to be secured financially. Judie Rosen (wife of Sid) stepped up to the plate and took on the role as FUNDER of the agency. She started the "Annual Celebration of Youth" that takes place every year the Friday after Thanksgiving and held at the Sheraton Waikiki (please see Annual Fundraiser). Together the dynamic duo known as the “Gang Busters” took the agency into the next decade and into the new millennium.

AFY began to assemble its professional staff to provide therapeutic and educational services that were beyond the scope of volunteers. In keeping with AFY’s evolution, the volunteer mentoring program was phased out in 1996.

An outcome of AFY’s professional growth and development was the emergence of new knowledge and a new approach to working with very high risk youth called the Redirectional Therapy.

AFY promotes educational achievement and offers a prescription of hope for significantly reducing poverty and destructive behaviors among high risk youth.


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