The National CARES Mentoring Movement is pioneering new paths forward that enhance the education of students in marginalized Black communities and under-resourced schools.
Soldiers of Love
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 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.
ELEVATING EDUCATION, EXPECTATIONS AND SELF-ESTEEM
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!
At CARES, we believe that transformation does not begin in the statehouses, but in our hearts and homes.Learn More
At National CARES, our culturally anchored and trained volunteer army of mentors and affiliate leaders prove every day that mentoring saves lives.Learn More
Forty percent of Black children are born into poverty. Eighty-six percent of our children cannot read or do math at grade level.Learn More