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Elevating Education, Expectations and Self-Esteem

The Rising is our signature initiative, designed to prepare children in high-poverty families to succeed in school and life. The pioneering, community-mobilization movement, created by subject-matter experts, aims to propel Black children from impoverishment to independence. 

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The innovative, curriculum-based HBCU Rising initiative uses a three-tiered group mentoring model in which corporate volunteers in STEM-related professions coach college students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who then follow our culturally anchored, STEM curriculum to coach and mentor middle school students.  College mentors support teachers in science and math classes and gain valuable hands-on teaching experience and form strong relationships with school staff. The program also provides after-school mentoring and support in addition to the in-school mentoring and services, allowing our cohort of 25-30 college mentors to reach up to 1,200 children per year.

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We are exceedingly proud of our newest initiative, a unique and gravely needed program currently piloted in Atlanta. The regenerative University for Parents protocol inspires and advances struggling parents and primary caregivers through education, inspiration and workforce-readiness support with our 40-plus local partners. The program is designed to assist parents in overcoming the internal and external barriers to self-sufficiency. We focus on the building blocks for a healthy, high-quality life, emphasizing parenting, workforce readiness and conflict-resolution skills, critical to strengthening the fabric of our families and communities and succeeding in industry. Our restorative program for parents offers free daycare and nutritious hot meals for children and parents while classes are in session.

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National CARES and the children we serve benefit from a deeply committed army of community leaders— soldiers of love—who have built and who manage local infrastructures to recruit, train and connect caring Black adults with our children most in need. Operating at a placement rate that is 10 percent above the national average, our Network links mentors to either or our own holistic programs or else local youth-serving organizations in 58 cities in 23 states across the country. To date, more than 150,000 mentors have been recruited, trained and placed into our group-mentoring programs or in one-to-one mentoring relationships with the nation’s most vulnerable children.

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In 2018, CARES launched Community Wellness and Wealth-Building Circles (Community Circles): healing gatherings through which we are deepening our reach into struggling African American communities. Galvanizing our local affiliate leaders to implement healing circles in their respective cities, Community Circles provide a safe place for reflection and connection, where our mentors and other community leaders can learn to relieve the debilitating stress too many of us shroud in silence. 

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