We welcome the Ford Foundation, a recent funder. On behalf of the children we serve, we are grateful and proud to announce that the Ford Foundation has included the National CARES Mentoring Movement in its worldwide portfolio, and is supporting the scaling and replication of the life-changing programmatic work for children that CARES is rooting in gravely under-resourced communities throughout the nation.
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.
Teen Parents Triumph and Achieve Academic Success
We are so inspired by the outcomes at Seagull Alternative School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It's a site for pregnant and parenting youngsters and where our life-transforming program The Rising: Elevating Education, Expectations and Self-Esteem™ was initiated. It is thrilling to us all--educators, students, CARES leadership--that academic year 2016-17 evaluations show that our Rising scholars are growing strong. They have higher attendance rates, lower-than-average school drop-out rates, higher graduation rates, far fewer suspension, and more earned high school credits.