The CARES Movement

Linking arms and aims, we can secure all of our children and make our nation truly America the Beautiful. With your support, National CARES will be able to increase the number of young people who participate in our healing-centered, culturally anchored programs.

Soldiers of Love
Our CARES Affiliate network in 58 U.S. cities recruits caring volunteers and connects them to where they are urgently needed: in schools, local youth-serving organizations including our own, and detention centers and reentry programs located in communities that are disrupted by poverty.

Our Young Ones Are Suffering!

Did you know? In the last ten years, suicide rates among Black children ages five to eleven have doubled, while the rate among White children in the same age group has declined.

Together, we can raise our voices to demand research be done, educate our parents and communities and ensure that our children receive the love and healing that they need to thrive.
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You can save a precious life…and nourish your own. Harsh and cruel experiences have led many of our young to believe that they are alone in the world and that no one cares.

The National CARES Mentoring Movement seeks to dispel that notion by providing young African Americans and their peers with role models who will play an active role in helping to shape their development. By mentoring our young, you can help redirect the course of his or her life.

Deepening our commitment to healing young lives and understanding that group-mentoring is a low-cost way to change the predictable futures of the most defenseless children in America--impoverished Black boys and girls--CARES has built transformational programs in several of the most under-resourced schools located in high-need communities.

About the National CARES Mentoring Movement

National CARES is a pioneering, community-mobilization initiative that directly addresses the life-shredding effects of intergenerational Black poverty and lays a blueprint for community recovery. Anchored by a 58 U.S-city affiliate network, we are the nation’s recognized leader in the recruitment, training and engagement of African American mentors, and the only organization in the U.S. providing holistic programming on a national scale to advance Black children, growing up in poverty. Our work provides children and low-income parents with the emotional, social, academic and career-readiness support they must have to become self-sustaining, successful contributors to their family, community and our society. We assist the oft-forgotten Black—and Brown—people we serve in building bridges to the brighter futures they long for.

CARES’ unique, 32-week-long curricula are built to help children heal the multiple traumas of impoverishment and override their debilitating effects, that unaddressed will be life-long. CARES’ evidence-based healing initiatives unearth understanding, resilience, faith. They instill hope, critical thinking skills, racial pride, and a love for learning and wellness in mind, body and spirit. Our beloved young ones come to understand that they are greater than even their greatest challenges, authors of their futures, as they share their stories and heal together, supported by our trained psychologists, social workers and volunteer mentors in CARES’ wide-spreading Wellness Mentoring Circles. Our students and children in detention learn to transform their thinking and behaviors, how to love themselves, as well as one another, and prepare for success in school, careers and life.

One in six Black children is living in extreme poverty, which the federal government defines as a yearly household income of $12,129 or less for a family of four with two related children. Sadly, CARES’ restorative initiatives are singular—they are the only holistic programmatic works being built for the advancement of impoverished children and parents nationally.

National CARES Mentoring Movement exists to ensure the nation’s most vulnerable population—Black children living in poverty. Their lives are being shredded by many of the very institutions created to nourish all the children of our country. Our more than 140,000 mentors and local CARES Affiliate Leaders network are devoted to advancing our young who are isolated and mostly written off by society. We are writing them in!







How National CARES is
Changing the Lives of Our Children

Our Method

At CARES, we believe that transformation does not begin in the statehouses, but in our hearts and homes.

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Our Impact

At National CARES, our culturally anchored and trained volunteer army of mentors and affiliate leaders prove every day that mentoring saves lives.

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Our Call to Community

Forty percent of Black children are born into poverty. Eighty-six percent of our children cannot read or do math at grade level.

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Iyanla Vanzant presents a Guided Meditation to give you comfort during this time of great challenge.


Our RISING students testify about the power of our transformational programming


Cultural Curriculum Heals and Elevates Children's Lives

The National CARES Mentoring Movement is pioneering new paths forward that enhance the education of students in marginalized Black communities and under-resourced schools. CARES' culturally anchored curriculum is quenching a thirst for knowledge about themselves and their place in the world that Black children are rarely provided in school.

Where do I fit in this world when I don't even matter? is an unspoken question that many students have. Any attempt at engaging our struggling children in knowledge building must begin with the historical evidence of their importance-as education in our nation does for White children.


The holiday season is a season of giving.

We are excited to share that the Jack and Jill Foundation has selected the National CARES Mentoring Movement as a recipient for their Home for the Holidays initiative.

Jack and Jill boasts 252 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a general five point programmatic thrust: cultural awareness, educational development, health (education and advocacy), civic (legislative advocacy and service) and social/recreational areas.


Reducing the Heartbreak: How We Are Addressing the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide

Did you know? In the last ten years, suicide rates among Black children ages five to eleven have doubled, while the rate among White children in the same age group has declined. The growing number of suicides among Black children demands deeper inquiry into the state of Black children's lives and why a growing number are choosing death due to their circumstances.

Suicides are not a failure of children’s ability to cope as much as they are a catastrophe of adults’ inability to respond.