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The National CARES Mentoring Movement envisions a nation in which all Black children are loved, have access to quality, culturally competent education, and are supported by well-resourced families and communities living in harmony and guided by faith. Toward that end, our national affiliate network connects adults to local youth-serving organizations, including our own group-mentoring programs that focus on the emotional, social and academic development of our children and the wellness of the adults who parent, mentor and educate them.
The Rising is designed to shift consciousness and vision. It is our signature group-mentoring program, a consciousness-changing initiative that is being demonstrated at seven exceedingly challenged elementary, middle and high schools, and juvenile detention facilities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The program aims to transform the lives of children trapped in inter-generational poverty by engaging them with an exciting, culturally appropriate curriculum that is executed by trained psychologists, other wellness professionals and mentors. The curriculum is rooted in prevention and support efforts that provide coping and other mechanisms needed to mitigate the impact of the disparities and dysfunction ruining their young lives. Integral to The Rising is the cultivation of cultural pride and high self-esteem, the development of critical-thinking and literacy skills, and a love for learning among young Black parents. The innovative, transformational curriculum is designed to ensure that as students come to know their proud heritage and painful but triumphant history, they will avoid gangs, addictions and incarceration; and graduate from high school prepared to succeed not only as parents, but in college or industrial-training programs and 21st century careers.