Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kansas City Metro Cares Mentoring Movement

I'm excited to talk to you today about a new nonprofit that has just been formed in the area. Kansas City Metro Cares Mentoring Movement is a local chapter of the National Cares Mentoring Movement, which was founded by Susan Taylor, who for many years was editor of Essence Magazine.

Susan Taylor hand-picked Lisa Goshon, the owner of Seduzione Leggs where I work part-time, to join the board of Kansas City Metro Cares Mentoring Movement (KCMCMM), and Lisa, in turn, recruited me to the board. I was voted in as a member in the middle of March and we've been meeting every other week since then.

We're currently working to launch the local chapter which has been incorporated as a not-for-profit in Missouri (though we're still waiting for our 501c3 status from the IRS), and which will be board-led and volunteer-driven.

The purpose of the KCMCMM is:

To recruit and connect competent and caring adult mentors with local organizations that effectively provide services to at-risk African American children and youth assisting them towards academic and social success, and to increase the number of Black mentors for African American children and youth.
I am a strong supporter of this purpose, because I know from volunteering with Literacy KC that approximately 200,000 adults in the area function at the very lowest literacy level, which is related to poverty, unemployment and poor health. And of the students that LitKC work with at least 65% are African American.

Additionally, our school system here in Kansas City with all the school closings and poor planning is more often than not screwing over students in the Midtown region where there is a greater concentration of black students. Plus, take into account that African American males constitute the highest percentage of prisoners in the USA, and you can see that many black youths lack role models and proper support from the community.

So I'm really excited about this movement to create more mentors for a group that both needs and deserves support. The focus is on recruiting black men and women to mentor, but we need everybody we can get!

If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about KCMCMM, please come to/invite them to "A Conversation with Susan Taylor," May 18th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. RSVP is REQUIRED because of limited space. So please clicky click the link and tell us if you can make it.

I'm so excited about being part of this movement! I'm sure you'll be hearing more about it in the future :)

Related posts:
Tutoring for Literacy KC
Volunteering for Literacy KC
Seen Around Midtown: Big Brothers, Big Sisters

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Do you see me? said...

I hope this group will work with existing mentoring efforts like BBBS, youthfriends, CASA, etc. BE1! http://be1kc.org serves to recruit people to work with those existing groups that are already in the schools to be part of a larger effort. All efforts help in this most needed cause!

May said...

Yes, that's exactly the purpose of this organization :)