What are The Risings’ Wellness Mentoring Circles?

Wellness Mentoring Circles are weekly, intimate, single-gender groups of adult mentors and their mentees. In the Circles, adults work with youngsters in ratios of one to five, respectively, and scaled up to ratios as large as 12 mentors to 60 students. Among the mentors are educators and professionals experienced in working with our challenged young, i.e., mental health professionals, social workers, youth-development experts, faith leaders and other wellness experts. 

The core curriculum for the Wellness Mentoring Circles was developed by 60 leading African American scholars, physicians, psychologists, faith leaders, artists, writers, activists, and wellness experts who comprise the National CARES Brain trust and published in the manual, A New Way Forward: Healing What’s Hurting Black America. Adapting the lessons from the manual to respond to the realties young people are navigating including assaultive media images and violence in the home, the Circles instill self-love and confidence along with principles of healthy living, critical thinking and high achievement.

Why Do We Need Wellness Mentoring Circles?

Wellness Mentoring Circles offer students needed consistency, a safe place for sharing, and the support—from adults and their peers—needed to bring balance and healing to their lives. In these Circles, youngsters learn to manage stress and to identify and deconstruct any emotional blocks that have led to self-wounding choices. The Circles are culture comfortable and highly interactive, where shared language, customs, spiritual beliefs, histories and humor facilitate easy, open communication and trust.

How Do I Become a Mentor?
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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.