LOVE IS THE HEALING WATER...FOR THEM. Please help our struggling young.
No amount is too small for you to contribute. I'm reaching out to you again on
our fragile children's behalf.
As you know, building the National CARES Mentoring Movement has
been my unceasing passion since 2005, when, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I
founded it as a project of Essence Communications while I was the magazine's
chief editor. When I learned then that a staggering 86 percent of Black fourth
graders were reading below grade level, I asked myself two questions: How could
this be, and What am I prepared to do about it? You can make a difference in the
lives of our children right now by clicking here and donating. Or, if you
prefer, please mail your donation to us at 5 Penn Plaza, 23rd floor, New York,
Our work at CARES is equipping
under-resourced Black children with the shift in consciousness and undergirding
they need to discover the limitless possibilities within themselves; and we are
surrounding our youngsters with a community of adults who support and sustain,
challenge and champion, value and validate their minds, hearts and spirits. To
date, we have connected over 125,000 mentors with more than 130,000 children,
and we are currently designing and piloting culturally rich curricula for
mentors and academic tutors in 15 locales.
We can no longer be satisfied
that our own children--ones raised with every opportunity--are doing well, while
ever so near their peers are languishing. Combining our spiritual and financial
resources--and our willingness--we have all we need to secure a generation--if
we stand together. Please link arms and aims with me and my National CARES
Mentoring Movement family as we do our part in building what Dr. King asked us
to build: The Beloved Community.
For the children,
Susan L. Taylor
Founder and CEO
Click Here to donate to
National CARES Mentoring Movement
Click Here to learn
more about National CARES Mentoring
Rumble Young Man Rumble!!!
Male Achievement practitioners from around the the United States came to
Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Muhammad Ali Center, from November 19th to November 21st, to renew themselves
and to continue their decades-long work on nurturing, educating and saving Black
boys, young Black men and Black men.
Some of the 60 Black Male
Achievement practitioners (left to right) - Phillip Jackson, The Black Star
Project; Elaine Simmons, Right Turn; David Banks, Eagle Academy Foundation;
Susan Taylor, National CARES Mentoring Movement; Stephen Powell, Mentoring USA;
and Joseph Jones, Center for Urban Families.
This is the fourth Rumble Young Man
Rumble convening since 2011. Shawn Dove, Campaign for Black
Male Achievement; Anthony Smith, Director for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods,
City of Louisville; and Jeannette Simon, Director of Volunteer & Mentoring
Services, Concerned Black Men National planned and managed
Louisville, Kentucky is working to become the
epicenter for the Black Male Achievement Movement in America.
Louisville has a wealth of dynamic organizations working on issues of Black
male achievement and has the full support of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. The
Muhammad Ali Center (below) serves as the inspirational home of the
Black Male Achievement Movement and houses most of the
workshops and conference activities.
Click Here to learn more
about the Muhammad Ali Center.
Take A Young Black
Sunday, November 23,
In Your City, at Your Place of
This past election cycle, many
White elected officials were invited into Black churches across America. Now we
are asking those same Black churches to invite young Black men to come worship
with them. Please call 773.285.9600 to register your place of worship and to get
a registration kit for "Take A Young Black
Man To Worship!"
Click Here to See Greg Wilkerson
Invite Young Black Men Into His Church and Challenge Other Churches To Do the
Click Hereto register your
place of worship for Take A Young Black Man To Worship
Kenneth Braswell and Fathers
Incorporated Honor American Fatherhood Innovators
(Left to Right) Kenneth Braswell, Cbabi
Bayoc, Executive from Dove Soap Company, Asia D. Smith and Phillip
Judge Greg Mathis delivered a
stirring, honest and powerful keynote.
The Who's Who of New York were
in attendance for the Fathers Incorporated Gala on November 18, 2014 at the
Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem, New York.
Click Here to Learn More
About the Work of Fathers Incorporated.
How Boys Learn, Succeed
and Develop Character
by David C. Banks
David C. Banks is a respected educator, who has advised Hillary
Clinton and Cory Booker on scholastic issues, presents a plan for teaching the
country's most educationally endangered group-boys.
Banks knows a few things about at-risk boys. In 2004, he petitioned New York
City's mayor to allow an all-boys public school
to open in one of the most troubled districts in the country, the South Bronx.
He had a point to prove: When rituals that boys are innately drawn to are
combined with college prep-level instruction and community mentorship, even the
most challenging students can succeed. The result? The Eagle Academy for Young
Men-the first all-boys public high school in New York City in more than thirty
years-has flourished and has been successfully replicated in other boroughs and
shares the experiences of individual kids from the Eagle Academy as well as his
own personal story to help others get similar results. He shares the specific
approach he and his team use to drive students, from tapping into their natural
competitiveness and peer-sensitivity, to providing rituals that mimic their
instinctual need for hierarchy and fraternal camaraderie, to finding teachers
who know firsthand the obstacles these students face.
and clear-eyed about the challenges and the promises of educating boys at
risk, Soar is
a book that no one who wants to see our young men flourish-from parents and
educators to teachers and employers-can afford to miss.