WHO WE ARE
The Atlanta CARES Mentoring Movement, a 501c3 organization and affiliate of the National CARES Mentoring Movement founded by Susan L. Taylor, editor in chief emeritus of Essence Magazine, has recruited over 500 mentors annually since founding 2006. We are a galvanizing force working on behalf of mentoring organizations in desperate need of volunteers, particularly minority volunteers. We are leading the mentor-recruitment movement focused on closing the huge gap between the relatively few available mentors and the thousands of children in Metropolitan Atlanta who are in need of caring mentors, tutors and role models. Through our youth match mentoring program, we have addressed the core needs of the youth and young adults we serve through our mission: establishing a personal relationship with a caring adult capable of providing positive feedback and facilitating the development of students' self-efficacy. Since our inception, we have supported struggling families with hard to reach children by recruiting and training caring adults poised to make a difference within the community by making a difference within the life of a child. Through the support of our partners, Atlanta CARES has impacted thousands of youth through mentoring and direct services including academic tutoring, and coaching, reducing dropout rates and influencing their post-secondary college and career success.
Our mission is to secure and transform the lives of children by inspiring, recruiting and mobilizing masses of caring men and women to mentor and nourish them. Our national volunteer affiliate network connects adults to local youth-serving organizations. Our national group-mentoring programs focus on the emotional, social and academic development of our children and the wellness of the adults who parent, care for and mentor them.
To recruit 1000 mentors annually
To train and place 500 mentors and foster sustained long term mentoring relationships annually
To strengthen our mentoring outreach by incorporating more group mentoring models
Susan L. Taylor, founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement.