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.