For several years our Wellness Mentoring Circles have provided a place for marginalized youngsters and parents to gather in small groups to discuss and heal the traumas of living in poverty. Thanks to your support, these safe spaces have helped place thousands on paths to wellness in mind, body and spirit. We are thrilled to announce that this year, CARES affiliates across the nation are launching Community Wellness Circles to help local leaders, mentors and parents create more healthy, fulfilling lives.
Seattle Takes a Bold Stand to Secure Black Boys
We proudly share with you that the city of Seattle has selected the Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement, an affiliate of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, to lead an initiative to mentor and guide our boys. Throughout the nation, Black males are under-protected and over-policed. In this new partnership, Seattle Affiliate co-leaders Hazel and Donald Cameron are recruiting, training and connecting multitudes of Black male mentors to the city's selected premiere youth-serving organizations. Our Seattle CARES team will offer continuing support to the caring men who are committed to guiding our boys, struggling in under-resourced communities, families and schools, toward opportunities and bright futures all children want and deserve.
PARENTAL EDUCATION OVER INCARCERATION: University for Parents!
National CARES and our Atlanta CARES leadership are thrilled that the Fulton County Solicitor General has selected our Atlanta-based University for Parents (U4P) initiative as a life-transforming alternative to incarceration. This new partnership expands the reach of this innovative work, which we will replicate throughout the nation. It offers men and women arrested for non-violent crimes an opportunity to restore their lives and dignity and to join the workforce. A core challenge for many low-risk offenders after prison is economic sustainability and self-sufficiency, and so regaining financial stability is critical for parents--children's first mentors.