National Mentoring Movement for Students in Marginalized Black Communities
The National CARES Mentoring Movement is pioneering new paths forward that enhance the education of students in marginalized Black communities and underresourced schools. Anchored by a 58 US-city affiliate network, National CARES provides children and low-income parents with the emotional, social, academic, and career-readiness support they need in order to become self-sustaining, successful contributors to their family, community, and society.
CARES’ 32-week curricula are built to help children heal the multiple traumas of impoverishment and override the debilitating effects that unaddressed will be lifelong. CARES’ evidenced-based initiatives instill hope, critical thinking skills, racial pride, and love for learning and wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Young ones come to understand that they are greater than their greatest challenges, as they share their stories and heal together, supported by trained psychologists, social workers, and volunteer mentors in CARES’ wide-spreading Wellness Mentoring Circles. Youth learn to transform their thinking and behaviors. They learn how to love themselves, as well as one another, and prepare for success in school, careers, and life.
For students, a positive connection to at least one school adult—whether a teacher, counselor, sports coach, or other school staff member—can have tremendous benefits. Educators can use the Relationship Mapping Strategy from Harvard University’s Making Caring Common project to ensure that every learner feels known and supported.
The George Washington Mount Vernon Prize for Excellence in Civics and History is awarded to two student projects each year. Teachers and organization leaders can nominate eligible middle school and high school students who have applied their understanding of George Washington’s life to extend his legacy of public service within classrooms, schools, or community projects.
Since 2008 more than 700 high school chemistry teachers have received the AmericanChemical Society’s ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry.