making a difference in children's lives — every day.

The rewards of positively affecting the life of a child is immeasurable and priceless.


1 hour a week. That's the average time we ask of mentors which is the equivalent of 4 hours a month.


Your generous donations help us continue the work that's so desperately needed in recruiting new mentors.


Take a look at Brooklyn CARES' upcoming events and be sure to RSVP for one of our info sessions.


What people say

I hope the BCMM space will provide collaborative support for area mentors to tackle the issues plaguing many of the youth in my district, including gang violence, truancy and teen parenting. Customer 1 photoRobert Cornegy Jr., City Councilman of the 36th Council
My experience as a mentor with Brooklyn Cares has been phenomenal. I've had the opportunity to be a mentor and mentee in the last year. Brooklyn Cares gave me the space to become myself as well as add a little guidance to someone else's life. It's an honor to be in the position to play both roles as a mentor and mentee and I hope to continue working with Brooklyn Cares to improve the lives of young black men and women. Customer 2 photoRebekah Christie
I am honored to have been a guest speaker for Brooklyn CARES and I hope I was able to inspire the children and help them unlock the genius within. Brooklyn CARES is important because you give our youth a chance to succeed and if we give up on our youth they will have no direction and may take the wrong path in life. I hope to be part of your organization's continue growth. Customer 3 photoKeenan "Special" Bristol, President/Founder of Music Brings Life

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To mentor a Child

  • One hour a week
  • Strengthen youth
  • Englighten minds
  • Help a child


$ / month

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  • Tax Deductible
  • Benefit our Youth
  • Pay it Forward


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Our Story

The National CARES Mentoring Movement, founded as Essence CARES in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, is committed to ending the crisis with our vulnerable youth now. Before we began our work, there was no national infrastructure in place to engage and sustain desperately needed Black men and women volunteers. Operating in nearly 60 U.S. cities, under the leadership of devoted volunteer community leaders, CARES is determined to ensure that all Black children needing guidance and role models are surrounded by a circle of caring, supportive adults who are committed to volunteering just one hour a week of their time as mentors. The CARES Mentoring Movement has been impacting the lives of youth across the country since 2005. The mission of Brooklyn CARES Mentoring Movement is to collect, connect and direct caring and able adults to our vulnerable children. We fill the pipeline of existing local mentoring organizations with volunteers who commit one hour per week to mentoring a child. It can be the difference in a youth filing out college applications or dropping out of high school. Studies show that when youth are engaged in mentorship programs they are less likely to participate in risk taking behaviors. Mentoring makes a difference.


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Tammy Samms has been an educator for over 20 years. She has seen in her work, how strong mentorship can transform the lives of young people. In her directorship role of several years, her commitment to empowering youth and providing a solid foundation enabled many to pursue excellence and achieve their dreams. As the Chair of the Brooklyn CARES Mentoring Movement, she built a talented team of volunteers that have impacted Brooklyn by recruiting hundreds of mentors and connecting them to youth serving organizations.

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Valarie Carey is a retired New York City Police Sergeant turned entrepreneur. She is an author, mentor and the founder of TOTM! Time Of The Month!® a brand leading the charge in menstrual wellness with products and services to empower girls and women. Valarie Carey sits on the executive board of Brooklyn CARES as Secretary and is a founding member of Brooklyn CARES.

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Cheryl Todmann is the Founder and Executive Producer of The Stars of New York Dance, a charitable, thrilling and judged dance competition for New York City leaders—similar to Dancing With The Stars—that raises dance education funds for children from low-income communities. She sits on the Public Relations Committee and is a founding member of Brooklyn CARES. .

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D. Skai Stroud is the Owner of Skai High Nutrition & Fitness, teaching young and old throughout the tri-state area. Skai provides Wellness Case Management Services to the students of Brooklyn Community Services, Youth Stand United Program. Skai gives mental, emotional and educational support to expectant and new moms as a doula. As a Board Member of the Brooklyn Cares Mentoring Movement, she sits on the Committee for the Development of Community Partnerships & the Mentor Wellness Circles.

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As a Physician Assistant graduate of Howard University, Irijah Stennett has worked in the health care field for over 5 years. Starting with the International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI), she has traveled with over 5 dozen high school students, to seven countries, on month-long study abroad programs in Africa and Latin America. As a new board member with Brooklyn CARES she will be supporting with mentor recruitment, outreach and increasing our visibility in the Brooklyn Community.

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