Who We Are

San Antonio CARES is part of the National Cares Mentoring Movement (NCMM). NCMM's mission is to create a highly visible and effective national mentoring campaign targeting the Black community. The specific goals of the San Antonio CARES Mentoring Movement are to bring guidance to the lives of youngsters by pairing them with organizations that offer mentoring services and programs and to significantly increase the pool of caring Black mentors.
The San Antonio CARES Mentoring Movement (SA CARES) is a call to action to every able and caring Black adult to help end the crisis in our community by mentoring our young people who are at risk and by recruiting other caring adults to mentor.

What We Do

The San Antonio CARES Mentoring Movement (SA CARES) does not offer mentoring services; instead, we encourage local leaders to raise awareness of the need and benefits of mentoring, as well as recruit mentors for organizations that provide mentoring and other youth support services. We target the needs of Black youngsters, who are greatly overrepresented on long waiting lists for mentors. Unfortunately, Black adult mentors are grossly underrepresented as volunteers for the youngsters in the Black community. SA CARES works to fill the pipelines of local organizations with caring Black men and women.

Why Mentoring?

We are losing our future, one child at a time, which is why the CARES movement is crucial. Consider the following…

* In some cities, only 18% of Black boys graduate from high school.

* In San Antonio, African Americans have the highest high school drop out rate, but only make up 7% of the population.

* 58% of Black fourth graders are functionally illiterate.

* 2.4 million Black children have a parent in prison.

* HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death of young Black women.

* Homicide is the leading cause of death of young Black men.

* Every day more than 1,000 Black teenagers are arrested.

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Latest News

San Antonio CARES receives the first annual James Blair award by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of South Texas at their Annual Appreciation Night on April 20!
San Antonio CARES Co-Chair Adaku Okoro receives awards at the Cherice Cochran Foundation Scholarship and Mentoring Awards Banquet!