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ERIC Number: EJ1024042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
National CARES Mentoring Movement
Mitchell, Martin L.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v22 n1 p30-34 Spr 2013
Harsh and cruel experiences have led many of our young to believe that they are alone in the world and that no one cares. In this article, Martin L Mitchell introduces us to the "National CARES Mentoring Movement" founded by Susan L.Taylor. This movement provides young people with role models who help shape their positive development. Mentoring is matter of trust, a structured supportive relationship that brings a young person together with a caring adult who offers guidance and encouragement to develop competence and character. A mentor acts in support of parents or guardians providing counsel, friendship, and constructive examples of how to make responsible life choices. Mentoring can occur in a wide array of settings: school, workplace, a faith-based organization, or even a library or bookstore. "Mentoring is all about caring," says Susan L. Taylor, founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement. It is caring enough to commit just one hour a week to help and guide a vulnerable young person. The organization formed in 2005 was initially called "Essence CARES." Now known as the "National CARES Mentoring Movement," it has grown to influence more than 125,000 youth. A Brain Trust of leaders created a training and manual for mentors, highlighting the principles they deemed necessary to provide healing and guidance for a too large number of impoverished black youth in this country. The objective is to help African American adults adopt healthy lifestyles and to pass the same on to their children, families, and community. CARES Mentoring Circles are commonly held in faith institutions in a group-mentoring format, which addresses the imbalanced ratio of mentees in need of mentors. This exponentially increases the impact and reach of volunteer mentors and professionals. Mentors can have a profound impact and save a precious young life. Nourished are both the young person and mentor as they are transformed by a mentoring relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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