Mission and History

Being piloted at John M. Harlan Community Academy High School on the South Side of Chicago, with our affiliate Windy City CARES, The Rising will engage, inspire, empower and support young people on their path to adulthood.

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Program Description

Over the next two years, The Rising will focus on recruiting, training and engaging 200 to 250 African American men and women to serve as mentors at John M. Harlan Community Academy High School.

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You are needed in this work because this is about our humanity and our soul. Collaboration is key, and healing and educating and our communities is the only way to peace, power and prosperity!

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The National CARES Mentoring Movement is a community-engagement effort committed to closing the huge gap between the relatively few Black mentors and the many Black children in need of mentoring support. We recruit, train and deploy adults to serve as mentors in schools and youth-serving organizations that use the traditional one-to-one model; and we develop culturally grounded, evidence-based, group-mentoring programs so we will serve more of the multitudes of children in need of our mentoring support. Working through a growing national network of nearly 60 CARES Mentor-Recruitment Affiliates throughout the nation, National CARES has recruited more than 125,000 mentors who are serving more than 135,000 children.