The original Friends of the Children model was created in Portland, Oregon in 1993 and now serves over 700 children across the country. Friends of the Children-Boston (Friends-Boston) is the first non-profit organization whose establishment in Boston was supported by the GreenLight Fund. The GreenLight Fund identified the Friends of the Children model as a ground-breaking, innovative, and results-oriented model that would fill a need in Boston and founded Friends-Boston in 2004.

Since our founding in Boston in 2004, Friends-Boston has grown from 16 Achievers selected from one Boston Public School to 141 Achievers in over 60 schools through Boston.