This post is sponsored by National Cares. All opinions expressed are my own.

As the creator of Black Moms Blog, I have dedicated my life to the betterment of mothers worldwide and to our children. We focus on ways to potty train, hair care, disciplining with compassion, and how to nurture our communities. In many aspects, our platform and our community members are constantly sharing ways to love and care for our Black children.

What does it mean though, to #loveourchildren as it pertains to creating programs for children that are not our biological children, especially for children that may need mentoring or additional resources? In answering this question, it was very important to partner with National CARES to share Three Ways To #LoveOurChildren.

There Is Happiness In Giving Back

National CARES Mentoring Movement was founded by Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence magazine. Taylor’s main mission for CARES is to alleviate the impact that poverty and systematic racism have on Black communities. CARES is “a pioneering community-galvanizing movement that offers Black children in low-income families and unstable communities the social, emotional, and academic supports they need to unleash their potential and graduate from high school.” Imagine a world that celebrates the genius of Black children.

CARES has a 36 week long curriculum aimed to help aid children in healing from emotional trauma overcome the debilitating effects of poverty, and increase understanding, resilience, and faith in self. Ultimately, young adults who participate in CARES learn to think more positively, have greater self love, transform their behaviors, and prepare to be more successful in school, their careers, and in their lives overall.

“Philanthropy needs to invest in minorities and PoC acquiring and owning by the end of a funding cycle” a tweet by @sadiqalul mentioned.

There is happiness in giving back.

Education Is Our Key To Success

Through education, children learn to transform their stories into stories of success. CARES offers a variety of programs focused on self esteem building, community partnerships, and propelling Black children from impoverishment to independence. A child that feels more empowered in themselves, has more confidence to learn without hesitation. A few programs offered by CARES are The HBCU Rising, University for Parents, National Affiliate Network, and Community Circles. These programs assist in volunteers from STEM related professions mentoring college students, helping parents overcome their own barriers of self sufficiency, recruiting more mentors, and deepening the reach into our communities to provide a safe space of reflection and connection.

Educating Ourselves On The Facts Of Poverty In The African American Community

Did you know that extreme poverty is defined by the U.S Census Bureau as a yearly household income of only $12,129 or less for a family of four? Chances are, our children are or know someone that is affected by extreme poverty. Educating ourselves on the numbers and statistics will lower our own ignorance when it comes to our community and ways in which we can help. CARES has local affiliates in over 58 cities which work not only with our brothers and sisters in poverty stricken communities but also with those who would like to assist in becoming mentors, volunteers, or make donations towards the non-profit organization. What ways could you further educate yourself to become an ally of help in this cause?

Join Our Giveaway

In partnership with National CARES, we are giving away two shirts sponsored by CARES! Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow National CARES on Instagram
  2. Tag someone who CARES under our Instagram post promoting the giveaway!

Remember, we are in this together. Together, we can make effective change!