What we have seen time and time again, and what we know from our history, is that our willingness to engage our children with our whole hearts and healthy minds, is what elevates us and keeps us in forward motion. The Rising at Harlan benefits from a wealth of brilliant community members, the high and the humble, who have the most important thing needed to secure a generation of young people who are being written off: love. We need involved community members to help staff special events, identify community services, and even implement support programming like tutoring for Harlan students. If you are interested in becoming a Rising volunteer and or have ideas on how we can best support our young people, please contact us at 312-235-1227 or e-mail therising@caresmentoring.org.

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.