Friends of Whitney Young (FoWY) was founded in 2001 by a small group of parents. The notion was to form an independent fundraising organization for Whitney Young. Throughout the nineties many public schools formed “Friends of..” organizations as a way of raising funds through a charitable non-profit entity and to ensure that funds would be used for the school and not subsumed by the Chicago Public Schools. Friends is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. It has an independent board of directors comprised of parents of Whitney Young students.