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Adult Friends for Youth
A Brief History
Adult Friends for Youth (AFY) was established at the University of Hawaii School of Social Work in 1985. It 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.
As time went by a professional staff was assembled 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.