Susan Taylor


The National CARES Mentoring Movement was founded in 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, as Essence CARES. We saw then, as the world did, all the vulnerable youngsters who, as much as anything, needed the love, guidance and support of able and caring adults. But we found that for all the need, when the call went out for mentors, White women and men responded first. Black women and Black men were too often not in the numbers. This wasn’t because of a lack of caring. We discovered that it was largely because structures did not exist to bring African Americans squarely into the work. Learn more about National CARES.

In response, it became Susan L. Taylor’s passion to raise awareness among African Americans of the critical need for massive numbers of able Black men and women to mentor and advance our impoverished children.

About Seattle CARES

Today, CARES is the recognized national leader in the recruitment, training and engagement of Black mentors. Our programs address the severe shortfall of Black mentors nationally; and we are sought after by hundreds of organizations that look to us for desperately needed and committed volunteers. Our CARES Affiliate network in 58 U.S. cities recruits caring volunteers and connects them to where they are urgently needed: in schools, local youth-serving organizations, detention centers and reentry programs in severely under-resourced communities that are disrupted by poverty, hopelessness and violence. Seattle CARES is one of the Affiliates in the national network.

In addition, our large group-mentoring programs, piloted in four cities and which we are preparing for national rollout, focus on the emotional, social, academic and professional development of our children and the wellness of the adults who mentor and parent them. Our place-based efforts ensure that disconnected youngsters who are most at risk of dropping out of school, graduate and are prepared to succeed in college or industrial-training programs and 21st-century careers. CARES proves that all children, given love and adequate support, can thrive and become caring contributors to their families and communities.

The Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement. By mentoring a young person, you can help redirect the course of his or her life. JOIN US!