“Philos” (pronounced “fee-loss”) is what we call our community members. Why did we choose such a strange term, you might ask? For one, “community member” is a mouthful. Nothing else was quite right.
Philos is the ancient Greek word for “friend.” It has the same root as the word philia, which refers to brotherly love. In ancient Greek culture, friendship wasn’t a one-way street. Friendship came with a profound sense of reciprocal responsibility to one another.
That’s what we hope our Befriend-a-Student participants will experience. A deep, two-way friendship built on brotherly love in which both parties are better off for it than they were without it.