The goal is to start a conversation about the importance of a strong primary education in the lives of children and the impact mentoring can have on both children and their education.
With a fast-growing number of children falling below the poverty line, Taylor said America has no choice but to develop innovative strategies to secure their future.
“This is more than our challenge,” Taylor said. “It is more than our mission. It is our mandate.”
Prior to her visit, we asked Taylor four questions:
Q. What is the goal of the movement?
A. The goals of National CARES Mentoring are to increase high school graduation rates among African-American students, end the violence in Black communities and the over-incarceration of our young. To increase and ensure that our young are prepared to succeed in college, the 21st century workforce and become entrepreneurs.
Q. And the town hall meeting scheduled on March 15 in Atlanta?
A: General Mills’ Box Tops for Education is rallying the community to collectively make a difference in our children’s lives by driving greater academic success. Join me and host Steve Harvey at the Box Tops for
Q. Why did you see mentoring as a way to change the educational outcomes for African-American children?
A. Mentoring works miracles in the lives of young people, all of whom need able and stable adults in their lives in order to succeed. Many children are in low performing schools, and need academic and social support that is not available in their classrooms and communities. Mentors who serve as homework helpers, tutors or role models can change the destinies of our young.
Q. What do you hope will happen after the meeting on March 15?
A: We are hoping that those in attendance will put the education of children at the top of their agenda and will donate their time, energy, and resources; that hardworking teachers and schools will have some of the resources they need to educate children at the top tier; that the audience will be inspired to make a difference in young lives and tap into the resources being presented at the Box Tops for Education Town Hall meeting in Atlanta.