Friends Forever International is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which believes we can all help build a better world by empowering our most underutilized asset: youth. FFI works with communities around the globe to build the leadership abilities of their youth from diverse backgrounds to tackle local and global issues.
Every young person who desires, regardless of ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, and ability will have the opportunity to build their leadership skills beyond what they imagined possible before participating in the program. These young leaders will transform the way that they see the world and realize that they can change the world for the better. Now.
Starting in their home countries, youth meet several times to become a cohesive team before traveling abroad for two weeks to either the U.S. or Northern Ireland. While abroad, they build the skills necessary to design and complete a project that addresses a need in their home community.
FFI’s vision is that youth are recognized and supported as the catalysts for building a better world.
Friends Forever International empowers youth leaders to connect, strengthen, and serve communities around the globe by combining their passion to make the world a better place with the skills, experiences, and resources required to do so.
Bob Raiche founded Friends Forever in 1986. Bob believed there was a need for a program like Friends Forever after reading countless newspaper articles covering the conflict in Northern Ireland. Our first delegation of youth leaders was made up of five Catholic and five Protestant young men from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, who traveled to Portsmouth, NH in the fall of 1986.
Bob’s experience with group work led him to create the “Life Raft Formula”, now known as the Skill Building Phase. Since our founding, we have applied this simple, yet innovative group work theory to more than 1,700 youth around the world.
Friends Forever's first youth delegation, in 1986.