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.
The CARES Movement

Linking arms and aims, we can secure all of our children and make our nation truly America the Beautiful.
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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 Mentoring Movement is a pioneering community-galvanizing movement dedicated to alleviating intergenerational poverty among African Americans. It offers Black children in low-income families and unstable communities the social, emotional and academic supports they need to unleash their potential and graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college or vocational-training programs and 21st-century careers. We employ two primary strategies. The proven-effective, consciousness-shifting model, ideated and built by experts over a decade, unearths hope and resilience in our young living with trauma-causing impacts of poverty—homelessness, hunger, unrelenting violence, gravely under-resourced schools and overwhelmed parents and teachers. The traumatic stress children in poverty live with fuels mental illness and physical disease, including anxiety, depression, hypertension, substance abuse, obesity, violence and also the recent spike in suicide.

A wide body of research shows that adverse childhood experiences combine with poverty to undermine children’s wellbeing and their ability to learn and thrive. They are unable to sit still and focus. Their parents, who are overstressed and struggling to make ends meet, are at risk for higher levels of depression, substance abuse and domestic violence. Black children overall are scoring the lowest in all academic, health and developmental indicators compared to their peers.

CARES’ unique, 36-week-long curricula are built to help children heal the multiple traumas of impoverishment and override their debilitating effects, which unaddressed will be life-long. CARES’ evidence-based healing initiatives unearth understanding, resilience and 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. CARES’ restorative initiatives are singular—they are the only holistic programmatic works being built for the advancement of impoverished Black children and parents nationally. Our curricula are easily adaptable to other ethnicities and cultures.

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 Black children in our country. Our more than 140,000 mentors and local CARES Affiliate Leaders across our 58 U.S. cities 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


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.


University for Parents Program Has Highest Enrollment Ever!

We are rapidly expanding to fill the growing need for our healing, life-transforming initiatives. Due to the pandemic, the needs of our low-income families have never been greater. CARES’ University for Parents (U4P) program is experiencing its highest enrollment ever! A full 250 parent learners have signed on this fall. Additionally, through a new partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, U4P is conducting virtual workshops for parents across Atlanta. The effectiveness of U4P and the greater need in the wake of school closings, due to Covid and economic instability, have resulted in queries from communities around the country eager to be considered for replication.


FONFRÈGE CARES: Empowering Change

While the call for systemic change rings out, the children and families living in marginalized communities continue to struggle, and their trauma is intensified by the raging pandemic, economic downturn and tumult in the streets. National CARES and Fonfrège are partnering this holiday season to bring healing and hope to a community that is living at the epicenter of the movement: Louisville, KY.